We take e-Safety very seriously at Harris Academy Rainham.
To address issues that children experience today regarding the use of social media including the internet, Facebook, chatrooms and new phone technologies, we have a dedicated programme to educating our students on the dangers online. This is a fantastic opportunity to find out how you can support and monitor your child at home.
The e- Safety team consists of the following members of staff:
Review all policies and practices annually.
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Update e-Safety and ICT Policy annually. Provide the direct link between Safeguarding training and student awareness.
Deliver staff training and students assemblies
Head of KS3
Deliver Staff training and student’s assemblies, To contribute to the development and evaluation of our e-safety Learning programme
Schools Police Officer
PC Drew Heath
To be the e-safety link between school and investigate any concerns that require Police involvement, involving the child and parent/carer at all times, until a conclusion is reached.
To contribute technical advice to the development and evaluation of our e-Safety Learning Programme
We review our plans annually and ask for feedback from the student body and parents who attend the parents’ awareness evening.
Throughout the year we have a range of activities to develop staff, student and parent understanding of the internet and safe use.
We deliver the content in the following manner:
- Assemblies throughout the year delivered by internal staff
- One assembly per year delivered by the Safer School Police unit
- PSHE days focussing on bullying and staying safe in person and on line
- Group activities as part of the Learning Guide Programme
- A Parent advice evening
All staff at the Academy receive annual Safeguarding training and a CPD update briefing session to ensure the latest technologies or trends are discussed.
Students are advised to 'Speak Up' if they are concerned in any way to ensure help is received when required. Students and parents can review our SHARP System for more help or advice as well as visit the link below. https://harrisrainham.thesharpsystem.com/
Please ensure you contact the Academy if you would like to discuss e-Safety in greater detail.
Updated guidance for keeping children safe online
We have updated our guidance for parents and carers to keep children safe online. The measures announced over recent weeks to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), although essential, have disrupted people’s day-to-day lives.
As a result of these necessary measures, almost all of us are likely to be spending more time online, including children. This guidance contains resources for parents and carers to help keep their children safe online.
Support for children:
- Childline for free and confidential advice.
- UK Safer Internet Centre to report and remove harmful online content: https://saferinternet.org.uk/
- CEOP for advice on making a report about online abuse: https://www.ceop.police.uk/Safety-Centre/
- NSPCC guidance and reporting for children and adults: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/reporting-abuse/report/ Telephone lines are open Monday to Friday 8am – 10pm or 9am – 6pm at the weekends: 0808 800 5000. You can contact the NSPCC online or by email 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- National Online Safety advice for children and adults: https://nationalonlinesafety.com
Support for Carers/Parents:
At Harris Academy Rainham we teach students online safety as part of the curriculum, it is vital that all carers/parents are aware of the risks and what they can do to develop a culture of online safety in their family home.
For any concerns about a child's online safety, there is always someone at Harris Academy Morden to speak to. Please call us and ask to speak to the Head of Year for your child or Mrs Divakaren, Designated Safeguarding Lead. You can also speak to any member of staff.
- Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
- Commonsensemedia provide independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media for children and their parents
- Government advice about protecting children from specific online harms such as child sexual abuse, sexting, and cyberbullying
- Government advice about security and privacy settings, blocking unsuitable content, and parental controls
- Internet Matters provide age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world
- Let’s Talk About It provides advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
- London Grid for Learning provides support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online
- Lucy Faithfull Foundation StopItNow resource can be used by parents and carers who are concerned about someone’s behaviour, including children who may be displaying concerning sexual behaviour (not just about online)
- National Crime Agency/CEOP Thinkuknow provides support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Net-aware provides support for parents and carers from the NSPCC and O2, including a guide to social networks, apps and games
- Parentzone provides help for parents and carers on how to keep their children safe online
- Parent info from Parentzone and the National Crime Agency provides support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
- UK Safer Internet Centre provide tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online.