Here at Hylands School we believe that every member of the school community has a right to an education free from intimidation and fear.
If you have any concerns please contact our safeguarding lead Mrs H Norton-Lawrence by telephoning the school.
Introduction to Cyber Security and Data Protection
If you are being bullied, please contact the students form tutor via the main office on 01245 266766.
At Hylands School we are committed to ensuring that the safety and welfare of our students both inside and outside is of paramount importance.
If you need help and somewhere to turn that offers free, safe and anonymous online support for young people then follow the link below:
Our Safeguarding/Child Protection Team.
|Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)||Mrs D Rose
Contact Number: 01245 266766 Ext 25500
Miss T Richardson
Miss C Amer
The Internet is an exciting place with endless opportunities for fun, games and education. It can also be an extremely dangerous place for teenagers unless it is used properly.
Make sure all laptops and computers are used in a communal area where the screen can be seen by all.
- Social Networking and On-line Gaming:
- NEVER include the date of birth, address or school name in the “About me” section
- Only post photos that you would be happy to show your gran! Be careful posting photos showing your school badge, the outside of your house/school
- ONLY accept people you know in the “real world”
- Tell your child never to accept an invitation to move to a chat room with someone they have met while online gaming
- If your child is subjected to any form of cyber bullying:
- Keep a record of the abuse for future investigation
- Webcams – Be aware of the information that is visible via the webcam – i.e. names on certificates, posters of favourite pop stars
Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being service for children and young people aged 11-25 years and is available 365 days a year – Weekdays 12-10pm and Weekends 6-10pm www.kooth.com
The Parents’ Guide to Teaching your Teen Online Safety
It contains plenty of helpful information such as:
- A practical guide for parents on how to keep teens safe online, including useful summaries of popular internet apps as well as the types of threats teens, could be exposed to online.
- Safety tips for using apps such as Instagram, TikTok (which has gathered 1 billion users in only two years), YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter and Whatsapp. We also cover advice and safety tips for teens playing online multiplayer video games.
- Other online safety topics and advice such as sharing personal information, socialising online, cyberbullying, harmful content, influencers, body image and mental health for teens online.
- Links to additional internet safety resources for parents from well-respected sources such as the NSPCC and the UK government’s own guidelines.
Help and advice for families in a digital world
Viral Online Scares
Stories and warnings often circulate online, and offline, about online scares or suicide challenges which are alleged to have encouraged children to engage in harmful activities. Most have been found to be hoaxes, fake news or wildly exaggerated stories, however it is important that your children know how to seek help should they require it.
One of aims is not to frighten or scare-monger. Therefore, we are unlikely to send warnings out to parents and carers or publicise issues in our newsletters, social media pages or website. Whilst sharing warnings is often done with good intentions, it can pose risks.
Seeing or hearing about this type of content can be distressing for both children and their families. If a child has not heard about the scare, it can make them curious, and they may look for the content online which they could find upsetting. By publicising there is also a risk that an individual will create a website with harmful content based around the scare.
We suggest, that if you are worried about information you have seen or heard about a scare, you should look at the article from CEOPS (see link below), which contains further information and links to other resources. You can always talk to your child’s form tutor too about your concern.