Safeguarding and Online Safety
Mr Simon Pollard
Mr Pollard is the Designated Safeguarding Lead for the school.
Mrs Amanda Colwill
Assistant Head Teacheracolwill@carclazesch.org
Mrs Colwill is the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Mrs Sam Lenz-Williams
Mrs Lenz-Williams is a member of the safeguarding team at Carclaze.
Staying safe online: Be SMART
This week, we are talking to our children about helping themselves to stay safe online. We will be talking to them about the SMART rule and sharing ways to empower them to take responsibility for their online activity. Please see the poster for more information about this rule.
The children understand that if they see something online that makes them feel scared or worried they need to act immediately:
* Close /turn over/ walk away from the device
* Tell an adult who can help them deal with the situation
Please could we ask that you talk to your children this week about the SMART rule and also ensure that as a family you have a plan that everyone is aware of , that can be actioned immediately if they feel threatened by anything they come across when they are online.
Childnet (www.childnet.com) have a variety of resources available to help you keep your child safe online - please use the link on this page to access this site.
“Cyberbullying (online bullying) is still bullying”
Cyberbullying is using the internet, email, online games or any digital technology to threaten, tease, upset or humiliate someone else. It can make the life of a victim miserable and make them feel that it will never end, as even the safety of their own home/bedroom can become a place where they are made to feel threatened, upset or hurt.
At Carclaze, we are becoming increasingly aware of cases of cyberbullying and wish to remind both parents and children, that as a school we have a zero tolerance on all types of bullying, including cyberbullying. In school, we talk to the children about the fact that it is their responsibility to ensure that they demonstrate the same respect towards someone when playing a game online or texting them as they would if they were with that person. We ask them to consider the question; would you say/do that if you were in the room with them? If the answer, is no, then you should stop.
We also talk to the children about what to do if they are a victim of cyberbullying and remind them that nobody needs to suffer alone and who they could talk to if they are worried.
National Online Safety website has the following tips for someone who is being bullied online:
Fortnite: Battle Royale
‘Fortnite – Battle Royale’, is a free to play section of the game ‘Fortnite’. The game sees 100 players dropped on to an island from a ‘battle bus’ where they have to compete until one survivor remains. The last remaining player on the island wins the game. Players have to find items hidden around the island, such as weapons, to help them survive longer in the game. To make the game harder, there is an added twist called ‘the storm’, which reduces the size of the island from the start of gameplay, making the players closer together in proximity. The game is available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac and iOS.
Sadly, we are aware that this game is being used by children within the school as a platform for cyberbullying. Children are taking their frustrations out within the game on their ‘friends’ and at times using threatening language towards one another.
We wanted to take this opportunity to remind you that this game has a 12+ rating and therefore should not be played by anyone under the sage of 12. We have attached a parents’ guide for your information that details the reasons why this age rating has been applied and also contains helpful advice if you choose to let your child continue to play the game.
This information is also available on our school website (look under the information tab for online safety). You can also visit the national online safety, internetmatters or NSPCC websites for more information on how to help keep you child safe online.