At Priory we consider online safety to be a crucial aspect of our pupils' education. We consider it to be equally important that we provide support and guidance to parents on this very important subject.
On Trust Ed, you will find lots of useful resources, news stories and videos specifically aimed at children 11-16, on subjects including alcohol, drugs, abuse, online safety and bullying. You can also follow them on Facebook @Trusted2Know and Snapchat @Trusted2know.
For further information, visit their website at www.trusted2know.co.uk
Report Online Material Promoting Terrorism or Extremism
You can make an anonymous report of illegal or harmful information, pictures or videos you’ve found on the internet by going to https://www.gov.uk/report-terrorism
Report Online Sexual Abuse
If you are worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you or your child online, you can make a report to one of CEOP's Child Protection Advisers by going to https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/
Operation Encompass is a police and education early information sharing partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse. Information is shared by the police with a school's trained Key Adult (Designated Safeguarding Lead in school) prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident thus enabling appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.
Children experiencing domestic abuse are negatively impacted by this exposure; domestic abuse has been identified as an Adverse Childhood Experience and can lead to emotional, physical and psychological harm.
Operation Encompass aims to mitigate this harm by enabling immediate support, making a child's day better and giving them a better tomorrow.
Operation Encompass believes that children are victims of domestic abuse in their own right and should be acknowledged as such.
Signs such as the one here indicate in our school reception that we are part of Operation Encompass.
Have you heard of ‘county lines’?
This is regularly covered in the national news as it’s affecting families and communities up and down the country. ‘County lines’ is when urban gangs use children and vulnerable adults to expand their illegal drugs businesses into other towns. In Lancashire, we see pockets of county lines gangs coming in from Manchester, Merseyside, London, and West Yorkshire. The police are working proactively to dismantle these gangs from the top and protect the young and the vulnerable.
You might know someone who needs your help. They might be a family member, neighbour, or someone else in your community.
Gangs recruit and force vulnerable adults and children to work as couriers, transporting drugs and cash for them. They often set up a base in towns in other counties, taking over the home of a vulnerable person and sending runners to stay there. These are ways gangs distance themselves from criminal activity so that their victims carry the risk.
Look out for children and teens who are:
- Going missing from home/school without explanation
- Mixing with new friends their parents don’t know
- Using more than one mobile phone
- Appearing nervous, scared, evasive, and/or secretive
- Suffering injuries they can’t explain
- Holding tickets for train or coach travel.
Look out for vulnerable adults who:
- Have withdrawn from family, the community or social services support
- Have lots of different visitors at unusual hours
- Are in a relationship with someone controlling
- Have their curtains or blinds closed most of the time
- Have more anti-social behaviour close to their home.
You can report any concerns anonymously to Crimestoppers at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously
It can be hard to report concerns about someone as they may have committed offences. Whether you phone them on 0800 555 111 or report your concerns online, Crimestoppers won’t pass on who you are or give any information that might suggest who you could be. They simply receive the information they need to stop these gangs and protect vulnerable people.
Online safety resources and information
Nest Lancashire – Visit their website at https://nestlancashire.org/what-we-do/
Child Exploitation & Online Protection (CEOP) – Visit their website at https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/
Online safety resources centre - Lots of useful resources and advice here for everyone, visit their website at https://www.lgfl.net/online-safety/resource-centre?s=1
Online family agreement link - https://www.childnet.com/resources/family-agreement
Have a conversation about staying safe online - https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers/have-conversation
Parents’ guide to technology - https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers/parents-guide-technology
Smart phones download guides and FAQs - https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers/parents-guide-technology/smartphones
Gaming device download guides and FAQs - https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers/parents-guide-technology/gaming-devices
Tablet download guides and FAQs - https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers/parents-guide-technology/tablets
Parental controls for home internet provider - https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers/parental-controls-offered-your-home-internet-provider
Using parental controls and privacy settings https://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIpubF8s-O4gIVmoXVCh3OnwhVEAAYAiAAEgI-OvD_BwE
Reporting illegal or inappropriate online content - https://www.iwf.org.uk/
Resources for parents and carers - https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers/resources-parents-and-carers
Parent Zone - A digital magazine for parents https://parentzone.org.uk/system/files/attachments/Digital%20Parenting%206%20NEW.pdf
To help parents understand the risks of using the Internet and new technologies, the following three websites provide detailed information.
A national crime agency website aimed at children and young people, their parents and educational professionals. It contains top tips for getting involved in your child’s online life. The aim of the website is to keep online parenting simple. There are many useful videos to help parents understand how their child may be using the Internet.
This is website, created by the four largest UK Internet providers, is dedicated to providing information and advice about child Internet safety. This website is supported by several organisations including Childnet, Ofcom and The Child Exploitation & Online Protection centre (CEOP).
Learn about the issues facing young Internet users such as sexting, cyberbullying and online grooming. Parents can also learn about the most popular apps that your child may be using in the apps guide for parents.
Educate Against Hate
This website gives parents practical advice on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation.