At Pear Tree we recognise that learning about Online Safety is a vital life skill. Empowering children at a young age with the knowledge to safeguard themselves and their personal information is something that needs to be nurtured throughout school to see them into adult life. We feel strongly that our school should not be on “lock down” as this does not provide the learning environment to teach children and young people to be safe. Equally it is important for us to empower adults (particularly parents) with the right information so that they can identify risky behaviour or mitigate the possibility of risk.
Useful links for parents (...)
Vodafone Digital Parenting
Sexting is when someone shares sexual, naked or semi-naked images or videos of themselves or others, or sends sexually explicit messages.
They can be sent using mobiles, tablets, smartphones, laptops…basically any device that allows you to share media and messages. Some of our children and young people are at risk of both receiving inappropriate messages and sending them so as parents, you need to be aware of how you can support them.
For further information and advice, please click on the links below:
For parents of younger children, the NSPCC have some great resources for teaching children about keeping themselves safe. Please take a look at the NSPCC “Let’s Talk Pants” with Pantosaurus and teach your children the underwear rule.
This document is a useful reference guide: ‘So you got naked online…”
Social Media (...)
The internet is amazing. Children can play, learn, create and connect, opening up a whole world of exciting possibilities. But how do parents keep track of what they’re doing and make sure they are staying safe?
The NSPCC recommend the following 4 tips to helping your child to keep safe:
- Explore the online world together;
- Talk to your child about staying safe online;
- Manage the software and tools your family use;
- Agree rules about what is ok and what is not.
To reduce risk, parents need to be aware of the risks that unsupervised access to social media can pose. The following clips on YouTube are useful to share with your child to help them understand potential risks:
- NCA-CEOP Command-Who are you really talking to online?
- Lucy and the Boy-Be Share Aware.
- CEOP Primary KS2 Jigsaw
The following website is great for parents to keep you in the know about what your child is actually accessing online:
If, as a parent, you use social media, keep in mind that your own online activity can pose risks to your children. The app “Take this lollipop may make you think twice before you share.
Child Sexual Exploitation (...)
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse. Children in exploitative situations and relationships receive something such as gifts, money or affection as a result of performing sexual activities or others performing sexual activities on them.
Children and young people may be tricked into believing they are in a loving, consensual relationship. They might be invited to parties and given drugs and alcohol. They may also be groomed online.
CSE is a risk for all children and young people but social isolation, wanting to be accepted and having a physical or learning disability might make them more susceptible.
For more information, please look at the following websites:
The NSPCC video, Lucy and the Boy, provides a good starting point for talking to your child about the risks of talking to people you might not know online. This video can be found on YouTube.
The following videos produced to help raise awareness can be found on YouTube. Please note that these videos are based on real life stories and some people may find them upsetting. It is, however, important for parents to know the risks and how easily our young people can fall victims to online predators.
- Kayleigh’s love story
- Know the signs-Emma’s story
- Matt thought he knew
Grooming is when someone builds an emotional connection with a child to gain their trust for the purposes of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or trafficking.
Children and young people can be groomed online or face to face by a stranger or by someone they know-for example, a friend, family member or professional.
For more information on keeping your child safe from online grooming, please follow the NSPCC website link below:
Further information on the stages of grooming can be found in this link
From 1st July 2015, the Prevent Duty became law. This is a duty on all schools and registered Early Years providers to have due regard to preventing people being drawn into terrorism.
British Values are a set of four values introduced to help keep children safe and promote their welfare. The promotion of British Values is firmly embedded in the work that we do at Pear Tree every day.
The fundamental British Values are:
- Rule of Law;
- Individual Liberty;
- Mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.
How do these translate into child speak and our work every day?
Think of democracy as a situation where everyone is treated equally and has equal rights. This is exactly what we do at Pear Tree through:
- supporting children and young people’s personal, social and emotional development;
- giving them opportunities to develop self-confidence and self-awareness;
- encouraging children and young people to make choices and decisions.
Rule of Law
This is about understanding that rules matter and is embedded through all our work, particularly PSD. It is about:
- managing our own feelings and behaviour;
- learning right from wrong;
- behaving within agreed and clearly defined boundaries;
- dealing with consequences
This is all about developing a positive sense of self, self-confidence and self-awareness. It is about developing an awareness of people and communities.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance
This is all about learning:
- to treat others as we would want to be treated;
- how to be part of a community;
- to manage our feelings and behaviour;
- how to form appropriate relationships with others.
We naturally have an ethos of inclusivity and tolerance, where views, faiths, cultures and races are valued and where we encourage children to engage with their wider community.
It is our job to help our children and young people to appreciate and respect their own culture and the culture of others. To help them explore similarities and differences between themselves and others; among families, faiths, communities, cultures and traditions.
As adults we all need to demonstrate these fundamental values in practice but being a role model is not simply enough. We also need to encourage our children and young people to practice them and challenge stereotypes.
Report Online Abuse (...)
If something happens online that makes you or your child feel worried or unsafe, you can make a report to one of CEOP’s child protection advisors. Please follow the link below to the site: