The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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Safety

As a school we actively follow all National and Local guidelines in regard to the safe recruitment of staff, child protection and internet safety.mily online including home address, phone or mobile number.

5 Top Internet Safety Tips

  • 1. Put yourself in control

    Make use of the parental controls on your home broadband and any internet-enabled devices. You can find out how at your broadband provider’s website or by visiting internetmatters.org.

    2. Search safely

    Use safe search engines such as swiggle.org.uk or kids-search.com. Safe search settings can also be activated on Google and other search engines as well as YouTube. You can find out more at google. co.uk/safetycentre.

    3. Agree boundaries

    Be clear what your child can and can’t do online – where they can use the internet, how much time they can spend online, the sites they can visit and the type of information they can share. Agree with your child when they can have a mobile phone or tablet.

    4. Explore together

    The best way to find out what your child is doing online is to ask them to tell you about it. Encourage them to use devices in communal areas so you can see what sites they’re visiting and share with them.

    5. Check if it’s suitable

    The age ratings that come with games, apps, films and social networks are a good guide to whether they’re suitable for your child. The minimum age limit is 13 for several social networking sites, including Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram.

    Learn about it

    Teach your child some simple rules

    • Make sure your child knows not to share personal information like their phone number or email address online
    • Only talk to real life friends or family if they are on sites with a social media element like Moshi Monsters
    • Use privacy settings wherever they exist to keep their information private
    • Be a good online friend and don’t say nasty things even if it’s just a joke
    • Use secure and legal sites to download music and games
    • Check attachments and pop ups for viruses before they click or download anything
    • Use Public Friendly WiFi when they’re out and about to filter inappropriate content
    • Help them to better understand the different online platforms they use and judge the quality and reliability of online resources

    Talk about it

    Tips for a meaningful conversation

    • Start conversations when your children won’t be embarrassed, for example in the car going home from school
    • Ask them for advice on how to do something online and use this as a conversation starter
    • Make sure they know they can come to you if they’re upset by something they’ve seen online
    • Be sensitive and praise them when they share their online experiences with you
    • If your child comes to you with an issue, stay calm and listen without judging them
    • Talk about online grooming as you would stranger danger and explain that people they meet online might not be who they say they are
    • Ask them about things online which might make them uncomfortable

    Internet Safety Resources

Many websites now include the 'report abuse' button. This can be used if you would like to report suspicious individuals or behaviour directly to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP). CEOP will investigate your report and provide feedback to you.

IF YOU FEEL WORRIED OR THREATENED BY SOMEONE'S BEHAVIOUR ONLINE, YOU CAN REPORT IT BY CLICKING ON THIS LINK.

 CEOP

Just keeping up with children when it comes to new technology can be a huge task! To help you stay ahead of the game, and make sure your children are as safe online as they are in your back garden, click the links below:

Is your child having problems with friendships online? Let us know in school, or check these links to see how you can help:

Find out how to keep your facebook account private and secure:

ClickCEOP Facebook App - now available

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre are encouraging young people and their parents or carers to download the ClickCEOP Facebook app. This will mean that whilst they are on Facebook they are only one click away from reporting should they come across anything upsetting. If your organisation has a Facebook fan page you can also add the ClickCEOP app to it.

Follow the instructions below to install the App:

  1. Log into Facebook and type 'ClickCEOP' into the search engine
  2. Click 'Like' to become a member
  3. Visit the ClickCEOP section on the home page
  4. Watch the video hosted on this page to familiarise yourself with CEOP's reporting procedures
  5. Click the 'Add CEOP' section - highlighted in yellow
  6. If the button is for a child or young person's personal account, or even your own, click 'Add to your favourites'
  7. This button will now be downloaded onto your profile page. To make it visible and assessable, add to favourites by following the instructions
  8. If the button is for a group or fan page click 'Add to your fan page'
  9. Choose the Facebook page you would like the button displayed on and click 'Add to Page'.
  10. The ClickCEOP button will downloaded.