Safeguarding Spotlight

1st March - On Thurs 3rd October, our Year 8s 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.