Staying Safe


Bullying: A Charter of Student rightsKimberley-David Baird-4530

As a member of our school you have the right:
Not to be bullied
To say ‘no’ firmly to anything you think is wrong
To protect yourself by ignoring others or by walking away
To talk to somebody if someone is making you unhappy
To be listened to in confidence

Bulling: A Charter of Student Responsibilities

As a member of our school you are expected:
To work with others to stop bullying
Not to be afraid of reporting any incidents. If you do nothing, it might suggest that you are supporting the bullying
Not to put up with bullies in your group of friends

Remember, bullying may involve violence, name-calling, graffiti, damage to property or psychological bullying such as sneering, staring or ignoring.

To view the full Bullying Policy please visit: www.kimberleyschool.co.uk/policies/

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and parental / carer awareness

I write regard to the sensitive but important subject of child sexual exploitation (CSE).

This is a topic which you may have seen or heard about through the national and local media, and which has featured in storylines on television dramas such as Eastenders and Casualty.

The numbers of children we are aware of as being either at risk of, or actually being, sexually exploited, are relatively small. However, we do want to be proactive in helping parents and carers to be aware of the risks that their children may meet, either face to face or virtually through social media and the internet.

The Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board has therefore asked schools and academies to contact all parents and carers to alert them to a free on-line learning course which has been designed specifically for them.  I support this request and would encourage you to complete this short introduction to the issues.

To access this course, you can go to the website http://www.safeguardingchildrenea.co.uk/  and follow the simple registration process.

The material itself is brief, easy to navigate, and is not graphic in any way.  It sensitively provides parents and carers with information on the warning signs of CSE, and also gives information on what to do if you are concerned about your child, or indeed any child.

The ultimate aim is to prevent children being exploited, or for adults to recognise at an early stage that there is a potential problem.  The information also gives ideas about who can help in the event of a concern.

If you are concerned that your child is at risk of being sexually exploited then you can contact Children’s Social Care at the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0300 500 80 80. In an emergency you can of course contact the Police.  You are also able to discuss your child with a member of staff here at school if you have any worries.

Cyber Safety

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Personal Information. Don’t give out personal information without your parents’ permission. This means you should not share your last name, home address, school name, or telephone number. Remember, just because someone asks for information about you does not mean you have to tell them anything about yourself!
Screen Name. When creating your screen name, do not include personal information like your last name or date of birth.
Passwords. Don’t share your password with anyone but your parents. When you use a public computer make sure you logout of the accounts you’ve accessed before leaving the terminal.
Photos. Don’t post photos or videos online without getting your parents’ permission.
Online Friends. Don’t agree to meet an online friend unless you have your parents’ permission. Unfortunately, sometimes people pretend to be people they aren’t. Remember that not everything you read online is true.
Online Ads. Don’t buy anything online without talking to your parents first. Some ads may try to trick you by offering free things or telling you that you have won something as a way of collecting your personal information.
Downloading. Talk to your parents before you open an email attachment or download software. Attachments sometimes contain viruses. Never open an attachment from someone you don’t know.
Bullying. Don’t send or respond to mean or insulting messages. Tell your parents if you receive one. If something happens online that makes you feel uncomfortable, talk to your parents or to a teacher at school.
Social Networking. Many social networking websites (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Second Life and MySpace) and blog hosting websites have minimum age requirements to signup. These requirements are there to protect you!
Research. Talk to your librarian, teacher or parent about safe and accurate websites for research. The public library offers lots of resources. If you use online information in a school project make sure you explain where you got the information.