Online & Social Media
Accessing the online world has a number of positives for us all. However we need to stay safe online.
We would encourage you talk openly to your family regarding your detail and social media use and what platforms you are using.
If you are worried about something you have seen, been sent or shared online; please talk to a family member or please talk to a member of staff at School or visit the safeguarding office.
We will talk through support and strategies which may be helpful for you.
Other places to access support:
Having a sexual image or video of themselves shared online can be a distressing situation for a young person, and we understand it can be difficult to know what to do to support them.
Any young person under 18 can now use ‘Report Remove’. This will allow a young people to report an image or video shared online to see if it can be taken down. Once the report has been made, it keeps the young person informed at each stage, and provides further support where necessary.
You may also wish to report to Bedfordshire Police (Call: 101)
We would also encourage you speak with someone in School as they may be able to support with advise and steps to remove content.
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection)
CEOP helps children stay safe online.
CEOP is a place where you can report any inappropriate or potentially illegal activity with or towards a child online.
You can make an anonymous report online, any day, any time at https://www.ceop.police.uk/Safety-Centre/
Some examples of the reports that might be made to CEOP:
- Someone online asked me to send a nude image
- I shared a nude image with someone online and now they threatening me
- Someone online kept asking me to meet them face-to-face, and I didn’t want to
- Someone online was talking to me about sex and making me feel uncomfortable
- Someone online put pressure on me to do things I didn’t want to do
- Someone I met online was sending me pornography and making me feel uncomfortable
Thinkuknow is the education programme from National Crime Agency and CEOP
Please visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk to access further information for young people and families.
Lea Manor High School has recently updated our digital monitoring systems by investing in Smoothwall. Smoothwall is a firewall that provides premium online safeguarding support.
Smoothwall will alert senior members of the Safeguarding team to inappropriate school internet, ICT network and equipment usage. For example searches for suicide, naked images and extremist content.
The staff will then contact parents/carers to raise this issue and offer further advice, support and guidance.