How safe are children on your school's network?

Thu, 14/11/2013 - 12:32

With increasing regularity, news articles report on harassment to children online and detail the shocking consequences of cyber bullying. The need to teach our young people how to stay safe online is urgent and vital to well being. Following a recent survey, the extent of the problem becomes clear: 55% of young people today recognise cyber bullying as a part of everyday life and 38% of young people admit being bullied online.

Within its inspection framework, Ofsted expects schools to allow students to learn safe online practise, as well as requiring schools to have appropriate procedures in place to intervene and support a safeguarding incident. Luke Roberts, National Coordinator of Anti Bullying Alliance, agrees “We need a collaborative approach for dealing with cyber bullying. Children themselves must take responsibility for their own safety online, and know where to turn to for help when things go wrong.”

It is not just young people who need educating on safeguarding concerns, a recent BBC survey revealed that 44% of teachers did not know how to deal with cyber bullying and may not always be able to provide the advice and support that young people need. It is difficult to monitor a child's behaviour online and despite a teachers best efforts, cases may sadly go unidentified.

Redstor Safeguarding, in partnership with Securus, addresses the pertinent challenge of protecting young people from inappropriate content and cyber bullying. The service alerts staff to potential child protection issues; empowering schools to provide an immediate, informed response. Redstor Safeguarding ables staff to easily conform to Ofsted requirements and helps children recognise unsafe situations and how to use technologies responsibly.

Additionally, when a school sign up to Redstor Safeguarding, it is entitled to Beat Bullying webinars; child protection advice by phone and email; a comprehensive Securus e-safeguarding handbook; online demos and training; regular safeguarding bulletins and software updates. The comprehensive service not only addresses the challenges of protecting children online, it aids staff in dealing with the issue also.

For under £500 per primary school, Redstor Safeguarding encourages children to stay safe online, it meets Ofsted recommendations by allowing pupils to use the latest technologies and ensuring any e-safety issues are captured, as well as supporting a school’s legal duty of care. Please email [email protected] to find out more.

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