Cowley is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Each student’s welfare is of paramount importance.
Our policy and procedures follow the guidance of both the Local Children’s Safeguarding Board and the Department for Education.
We will always take a considered and sensitive approach in order that we can support all of our pupils.
Our Designated Senior Persons are:
Designated Senior Officer: Student Support Manager – Mrs Branch
Lower School (Y7-9) Mr Leadbeater
Upper School (Y9-11) Mr Dickinson
Sixth Form (Y12-13) Mrs Faulkner
The internet is a source of concern for many parents. Please read the booklet linked below for more information or follow the link to the CEOP website which has a wealth of information for all stakeholders: http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
“The Internet and mobile phones have such positive power to transform children’s lives for the better”.
Quotation from Childnet International
A question to parents/carers
Would you be happy if your child was chatting to a known child sex offender at the local park?
Of course the answer is “definitely not”. But, do you know who your child is chatting to on Facebook or other social media sites?
And another question, would you be happy if pictures of your child were being distributed online and available to anyone who wanted to view them?
Of course the answer is “definitely not”. And yet this is happening time and again to young people in this area.
What can you do about it?
Ensure your child shares their password with you to enable you to monitor ‘chat’
Educate your child to never put pictures of themselves, members of the family, friends etc on Facebook or other social media sites.
If your child has access to a web camera, make sure you know when and what it is being used for.
Ensure that the online parental controls are set correctly, and please do not ask your child how to do this, ask a trusted friend or refer to your internet service provider.
Use the ‘Report Abuse’ facility on social media sites; they are an excellent way to report any suspicious activity.
You can also obtain help and report concerns via our online ‘SHARP’ (Student Help Advice Reporting Page) System. This online tool allows anyone to report any concerns or incidents which occur within the school and local community anonymously. cowleysthelens.thesharpsystem.com
You don’t have to be paranoid, you just have to ensure you know what your child is doing when they are using a computer or internet connected mobile phone.
The quotation at the top of this article is very true, modern technology used correctly is a wonderful thing, but it is also a source of great danger to our young people if not used within limits and monitored.