Safeguarding Spotlight

11th May 2018

We just want to make parents aware of an Instagram account that has recently asked students to send videos of themselves; ‘po_zla’.  The account seems to have been deleted now, but it is just another reminder that these incidents do happen, and to continue to have open conversations with your children about who is contacting them online.

 

Many thanks for your support.

 

Laura Smith, Designated Safeguarding Lead

Group-SafeguardingTeam@chellaston.derby.sch.uk

Archive

27th April - We have been made aware of an incident where someone claiming to be from the Academy has called parents at work, asking for details on their child.  This has been reported to the police, and we hope it is an isolated and random occurrence.  Please do let us know if you have received a call from someone asking how your child travels to school.

 

Many thanks for your support.

20th April - We would like to make you aware of an app that has been devised by Childline called ‘Zipit’.  This app supports young people in staying safe when chatting online; giving them advice and tools for dealing with intimate requests or what to do if someone tries to send them a nude photo.  More information can be found at https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/online-mobile-safety/sexting/zipit-app

 

Many thanks for your support.

23rd March - We are delighted to announce that our application for National Lottery Funding to support our work with Zumos and student wellbeing has been awarded.  This will really allow us to use www.zumos.co.uk as a whole school initiative to try to improve the coping mechanisms of our students.  It is a real achievement to be granted this funding, and we are delighted that our commitment to students’ emotional and mental wellbeing is reflected in this.  We will be launching Zumos in its full capacity after Easter, and will send out more information in due course.

 

Many thanks for your support.

9th March - February was LGBT History Month.  Our Student Wellbeing Committee have done work around this event, which will be shared with students during Form or PHSE over the next few weeks.  The aims is to ensure students celebrate their differences, and feel safe and secure to express who they are.  Please remind your child of the wellbeing platform www.zumos.co.uk (for which they should all have an account now) which has lots of advice and support for students being confident in their individual identity.

 

Many thanks for your support.

2nd February - On Monday 5th February, Years 8 and 9 will be participating in work around Online Safety. We have secured the opportunity to have a performance and a workshop from a Theatre in Education Company called Saltmine Theatre Company. This is a touring production and we are very lucky to have them. This will also feed into work that students have been doing in PSHE around Online Safety; Tuesday 6th February is ‘Safer Internet Day’.

 

Students will also be doing work in form time around the impact of Social Media on Mental Health in order to mark Children’s Mental Health Week, which is 5th-11th February.

 

Many thanks for your support.

26th January - Thank you for the responses I have had so far expressing an interest in running an Online Safety Workshop for parents; please do email me still if this is something you would like to attend. There is no commitment; it is just to help us get an idea of numbers.

 

On Monday 5th February, we have arranged for a Theatre in Education Company to deliver a performance and a workshop about Online Safety to all pupils in Years 8 and 9. This will take place during the school day, and I believe it will be a fantastic and worthwhile experience.

 

Many thanks for your support.

19th January - As part of our continuous drive to improve and support the emotional and mental wellbeing of our students, we are trying to get all students signed onto the website Zumos.  We have given time during Registration sessions and KS3 IT to do this, but there were some technical issues before Christmas.  Could you please ask your child if they have signed up and started using the Zumos website, and if they have not, encourage them to let their Tutor know, so that we can give every child the opportunity to access this fantastic service.

 

I am also enquiring into the possibility of sourcing an expert in Online Safety to come and deliver a workshop for parents to help support you in understanding the current issues and trends in social media.  I have had a taster session on this, and found it incredibly useful myself.  I would like to gauge parent interest in this before booking the workshop in so we have an idea on numbers.  If this is something, you might be interested in attending (no commitment!) could you please email me on laurasmith@chellaston.derby.sch.uk.

 

Many thanks for your support.

5th January - We would like to remind students about road safety, particularly when leaving the school site at the end of the day.  The small car park next to the Academy is very busy at this time with cars going in and out to pick people up; it is important that students do not just walk across the exit, but look as they would going across a typical road.  Thanks for your support in this.

 

Many thanks for your support.