Making our Outreach centres Covid safe
HOE are following all of the government regulations on how to keep our centres as safe as they can be, which will include our regular testing.
Our risk assessments have been updated and are available for your below. Please feel free, as always, to email us with any queries you have – firstname.lastname@example.org
Online Safety Information
The esafety- advisor provides useful digital magazines for parents/carers with some topic updates for some of the social media more widely used by young people. You can find the latest version here: https://www.esafety-adviser.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/DITTO-Ed-23-January-2021_compressed.pdf
Or on the website www.esafety-adviser.com
New online safety hub with information for parents, pupils and teachers –
At what age can my child start social networking?
As a parent it’s important you know that all social networking platforms (or social networking apps, if on a smartphone) have age limits. Some social networks use technologies that may not be right for some ages or engage with communities that are made up of people much older than your child.
You can find out more about this and have all your questions answered at Internet Matters her: https://www.internetmatters.org/resources/what-age-can-my-child-start-social-networking/
Keeping Your Child Safe
We struggle to keep up with our children and their activities online but there is lots of information to help you.
Ofsted has created a webinar for schools and parents on how to help keep children safe online. The aim is to raise awareness about e-safety. See here.
Sexual abuse online – how to keep your child safe – you can find out more information here
Other information about how to keep you child safe online:
Parental Controls (Internet Matters)
The Best Parental Control Software for 2019
Best parental control apps for Android and iPhone 2020
Resource #Goldilocks Vodafone have produced a really good twist on the Goldilocks tale, all about inappropriate sharing, Instagram etc with a set of activity sheets – really good resources as a stand alone session on online safety or for a parent to use
Keeping Your Child Safe from Sexual Exploitation
Again in the news, there have been some high profile cases of children and young people who have been groomed and sexually exploited. As a parent, would you know what to look out for?
Child sexual exploitation is when people use the power they have over young people to sexually abuse them. Their power may result from a difference in age, gender, intellect, strength, money or other resources.
Signs of Grooming and Child Sexual Exploitation
Signs of child sexual exploitation include the child or young person:
- Going missing for periods of time or regularly returning home late
- Skipping school or being disruptive in class
- Appearing with unexplained gifts or possessions that can’t be accounted for
- Experiencing health problem that may indicate a sexually transmitted infection
- Having mood swings and changes in temperament
- Using drugs and/or alcohol
- Displaying inappropriate sexualised behaviour, such as over-familiarity with strangers, dressing in a sexualised manner or sending sexualised images by mobile phone (“sexting”)
- They may also show signs of unexplained physical harm, such as bruising and cigarette burns
If you would like to learn more, there is a free online training tool which you can access here:
If you are worried your child maybe being sexually exploited, please speak to a member of staff or the police.