THE SCHOOL GOVERNORS HAVE ADOPTED HERTFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL’S MODEL CHILD PROTECTION POLICY FOR SCHOOLS (REF: 0034) AS OF JANUARY 2009 …
The School has a Designated Senior Person (DSP) who has responsibility for Child Protection matters within the School; these are: Liz Haynes, Jon Reed and Katie Tustain.
Oakmere is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for children, staff and visitors and promoting a climate where children and adults will feel confident about sharing any concerns which they may have about their own safety or the well-being of others. We aim to safeguard and promote the welfare of children by protecting them from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
USING IMAGES SAFELY & RESPONSIBLY:
We all enjoy and treasure images of our family and friends. Our new born baby, first steps, family events, holidays and school events are moments we all like to capture in photos or on video.
We then have the added and exciting dimension of adding our images and video to our social network, such as Facebook, YouTube and many other online websites. This means that we can easily share our photos and video with family and friends.
Whilst this is naturally useful, in schools and educational settings we do need to protect and safeguard all children and staff in our school, including those who do not want to have their images stored online.
ONLINE IMAGES & VIDEO:
What should we think about before adding online any images or video? Are there any risks?
- Once online any image or video can be copied and stay online forever.
- Some children are at risk and MUST NOT have their image put online. Not all members of the school community will know who they are.
- Some people do not want their images online for personal or religious reasons. Some children and staff may have a complex family background which means that image sharing online can have unforeseen consequences.
- We must all ‘Think before we post’ online
At Oakmere Primary School we are happy for parents and carers to take photos and video of the school production for personal use but request that these images are not distributed or put online. This is to protect all members of the school community.
PARENTS ADVISED AGAINST ALLOWING THEIR CHILDREN TO USE FACEBOOK:
The report, by Plymouth University and technology firm AVG, also indicated that parents are in the dark about what the teenage children get up to online.
Some 85% said their children had not looked at porn online, even through NSPCC evidence shows the majority of 14 year old boys have accessed such content.
Mr Bailey made his mark-hitting comments at the summit on Child Internet Safety in London which was sponsored by Disney – after both Google and Facebook declined to take part. The Mothers’ Union boss said; ‘One of the problems I have is with the complicity of parents. With social networking sites, the minimum age is 13, and yet getting in for 60% of children under the age of 13 have a social media presence. This is sometimes with the twit acceptance of parents and sometimes the active connivance of their parents. It worries me about what sort of message you’re sending children about honesty.’
Mr Bailey (See above) told the Mail that many parents let their children go on Facebook and other sites because their friends are on them and they did not want them to get left out.
‘The problem with this is that if the child is eight years old but they claim to be 13 to get online, the site is constantly assuming they are five years older than they are,’ said Mr Bailey.
‘So when they get to 13, the site is assuming they are 18 and can then be targeted with advertising aimed at 18 year olds, including gambling sites, drink and son on.’
Useful Documents and Downloads
SCHOOL BEHAVIOUR POLICY
Rights Respecting Behaviour Policy for Oakmere Primary School
ANTI BULLYING POLICY
View our Anti-Bullying Policy at Oakmere Primary School
A useful website with great tips on how to stay safe when using Social Media
BETTER INTERNET FOR OUR KIDS
European Schoolnet website collaboration to help make the internet safer for our children