We would like to invite you to read important e-safety and child sexual exploitation information, advice and guidance. The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre provide a wealth of information on the benefits and risks of the internet. There is a great deal of practical advice and guidance on how you and your family can enjoy the benefits, whilst minimising the risks, of this widely used technology.
As your child grows and becomes more independent, it is only natural that they take this independence online. In our teenage years we explore, try new things and sometimes push boundaries and take risks, this is an essential part of growing up.
With all of the potential that the online world and new technology offers, young people now have access to huge opportunities. They use technology to express themselves, explore, and be creative; it has changed the way they communicate.
The internet has changed all of our lives, and your child has grown up during this change. Many of the things that confuse, baffle or even scare us, are part of the everyday for them. For many of us, this can all be a bit too much.
The website covers topics such as, talking to your child about the technologies they use and the things they might see, such as pornography. There are interviews from leading experts such as, Professor Tanya Byron, Dr Linda Papadopoulos and Reg Bailey, as well as key industry players from Facebook, Club Penguin and Moshi Monsters, this online guide aims to equip you with the tools to have those tricky conversations with your children and keep your family safe online.
For further details, please click on the link below:
MHS Safeguarding Officers
Student Digital Leaders
The Digital Leaders are a group of students from year 7 to 11 who have been fully trained in the world of online safety. They hold regular assemblies and go to local primary schools to educate others on how to be safe online. The Digital Leaders also hold regular drop in sessions for students to come and ask for advice as well as giving support to peers on a 1:! basis. They are led by Miss McDowell who is a Safer Schools Ambassador and the E-safety Coordinator for Mayflower. The aim for the Digital Leaders is to Educate and Empower students to make the right decisions when online but if they need any support, then someone is available to guide them.
GUIDANCE FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS
How can I keep myself safe on Social Media
The following documents are short checklists to help you ensure that your social media profiles are private and safe
In addition please look at the following guide from GoCompare which gives some guidance on setting up parental controls on some common household broadband providers.
Safer Schools Digital App
The "Safer schools" App is designed to support and protect children when going online. It has the most up to date information when it comes to online safety, gaming and mental health issues. Whether you are a parent or carer the information could help support you and your child when going online. The app has features to listen to the text, complete surveys and have notification to tips, advice and guidance on how to ensure your child is being safe.
To download the app, go to your app store and search for “Safer Schools” it is free to download.
When you have logged in enable push notifications and receive alerts to keep up to date. Each week there is a new 60 second video with information about social media in the news and current trends.
Depending on the age of the user it has a number of different pins:
for a parent or carer is 7675.
for KS3 students is 3447.
for KS4 students is 4898.
for KS5 student is 1544.
On this app is the ability to complete certificates to show that you are qualified on being safe online. All you need to do is complete the Digital tests.
As a school we aim to educate and empower students to make the right decision when using any online accounts.
Sexual Abuse in an Educational Setting
If you feel that you have been the victim of sexual abuse at school, please notify Mrs Gray / Dr Fawell or a Head of Year / Year Manager for support.
Alternatively, the NSPCC are able to offer support via a dedicated hotline on 0800 136 663 or by email to email@example.com.
In school advice
The following poster, designed by our own student Digital Leaders is displayed around the school site, with QR codes to allow students quick access to sites for information or direct access to advice and guidance as and when they might need it.
Conflict in Ukraine
As mentioned in the newsletter (March 4) please find some links below that might help with holding discussions surrounding the ongoing conflict in Ukraine
How to talk to your teenager about the invasion of Ukraine (BBC Bitesize/Anna Freud Centre)
How To Talk To Your Child About The War In Ukraine (YoungMinds)
Worrying about Russia and Ukraine (Childline)
Worrying about war and conflict Sarah Dove (Phoenix Education Consultancy)