Chellaston Academy

Executive Principal: Mr K Gaiderman. M.Ed. B.Ed. NPQH

Head of School: Ms C Walker

Chair of PEAK Multi-Academy Trust: Mr N Hollis

Chair of Governors: Mr J James

 

Swarkestone Road, Chellaston, Derby, DE73 5UB 01332 702502

Safeguarding Spotlight

2nd December - Online Safety

 

We have had some concerns from parents this week about online safety with regards to social media.  We would like to suggest the following ways of helping to keep your children safe online:

 

  • Talk about how your children can be safe on Social Networks.
  • Ask your child if they know where reporting functions are, how to block someone, how to keep information private.
  • Show them how to do these things, by using the NSPCC website where Net Aware can help with this.
  • Talk about online privacy.  Explain that online behaviour - including sharing personal information - should mirror behaviour in person.

 

For practical advice on privacy settings, parental controls and other useful information, call the Net Aware advice line on 0808 800 5002.

29th November - Talking to you child about knife crime

 

The Home Office have provided an information leaflet, about discussing knife crime with your children.  You can download it by clicking the thumbnail opposite.

Our Year 8 students recently took part in an hour long workshop called 'Me, Myself and I Online' which explored the issues surrounding Online Safety. The internet is a fantastic thing, but it is really important that our young people understand the impact of what they are exposed to via social media; comparing themselves to others and viewing negative messages can really harm their mental health.

 

Interestingly, there have been articles in various newspapers this week concerning 'Sadfishing'; a term coined recently to describe the growing trend of young people sharing their negative thoughts and personal feelings in the public domain. Here is an article published in The Independent if you wish to read more.

 

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/educationnews/sadfishing-what-problem-sympathy-social-media-mental-healthchildren-a9126811.html

 

It is so important that we consistently educate our young people about healthy coping and communication mechanisms, focus on the positives and things they have to be grateful for, and ensure that we are monitoring what they access and post online to keep them safe.

 

Lockdown

 

We will be practising our ‘lockdown’ procedure on 14th October. This is particularly important for our Year 7 students as they may not have experienced this kind of drill before.

 

What is a ‘lockdown’ and when would we carry it out?

A lockdown procedure is a standard health and safety procedure, similar to a fire drill. It would be used when there is a threat to the safety of pupils, staff and others in the school, and when it is safer for everyone to remain in school rather than evacuate. The aim is to keep people safe by confining them to a secure place of safety.

 

Situations where our lockdown procedure may be used include:

•A potentially dangerous person or animal on the school site

•A disturbance or dangerous situation in the local community that

could affect the school

•A nearby chemical incident or other risk of air pollution

•An incident related to terrorism

All form tutors will be going over the procedure with their forms this

week.