Online Safety and Reporting
At Kingsbridge Community College we take the online safety of our students very seriously. In addition to assemblies, tutorial sessions and PSHE lessons, the College has a team of staff ready to support students with any issues they may have. As well as reporting concerns to a trusted adult such as their Head of Year in the College, students can report directly to this team:
Mrs Wendy Ohlson 01548 852641 ext. 151 – Senior Designated Safeguarding Officer
Mr Lorwyn Randall 01548 852641 ext. 193 – Internet Safety Coordinator
In addition to reporting incidents to staff, students can use our Google VLE to access help and advice as well as report incidents to directly to CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) via the homepage. This link is also provided below
As a parent, you may be wondering about how to best support your child in staying safe online. For more information about this, and advice about what to do if an incident has occurred, visit the ThinkUKnow website for clear and practical guidance. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
Further support and guidance relating to online child sexual exploitation can be found on the excellent PACE (Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation) website: http://www.paceuk.info/support-for-parents/advice-centre/understanding-online-risks/
Social Networking sites also provide information to support parents in keeping their children safe online. These pages are not always easy to find and so we have provided links below:
It’s important to remember that we all make mistakes. Now that the internet is such a big part of our lives, many young people make mistakes online. If an incident has occurred –
Before doing anything, take a deep breath and try to remain calm. Your emotions will have an impact on your child and what they tell you.
Think about what you want to say to your child
You should pre-plan the conversation. Think about what you want to ask and how you will react to what is said. It’s important that your child knows that you’re ready to listen and help them.
Talk to your child
Choose a quiet and private moment to talk to your child. It is important that your child knows that you will not get distracted and they can feel comfortable talking to you.
Still worried? Report the incident
Think about what is best for the safety and welfare of your child. Some issues can be dealt with as a family or with support from us at KCC. Others may need additional support from organisations such as CEOP.
If you would like to discuss anything regarding the online safety of young people at KCC, please do not hesitate to contact the Internet Safety Coordinator, Lorwyn Randall, on 01548 852641 ext 193.