Online safety

At Thomas Hepburn Community Academy we take Online safety very seriously.


Ensuring that your child is safe whilst using technology is very important and children using the internet is a worry that a lot of parents face. Students at Thomas Hepburn Community Academy are taught about Online Safety in all year groups. Students know how to stay safe when using the internet and who to report problems to. As parents, you may also wish to contact the schools safeguarding team to raise concerns about your child or another child at Thomas Hepburn Community Academy.

The Thomas Hepburn Community Academy safeguarding team are:

Mr P Fox

Miss F McGregor

Mrs J Collin

Mr M Wood

Ms J M Nolan

Our safeguarding team at Thomas Hepburn Community Academy are specially trained to deal with and refer on Child Protection cases including Online Safety concerns. If you have any concerns about your child or another child, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the team either through the school email system or by telephone on (0191) 4204555.


CHILD EXPLOITATION AND ONLINE PROTECTION CENTRE (CEOP)

CEOP are a department under the National Crime Agency umbrella that look into cases of child exploitation and abuse. If you believe that your child or another child has been the victim of child exploitation then you can report your concerns to CEOP directly by click on the CEOP logo to complete a referral form.

CYBER BULLYING

Bullying happens in schools and Thomas Hepburn Community Academy is no exception. However, we always take swift action whenever it is reported. Cyber bullying can take place when a person is caused alarm, harassment and distress through malicious communications. The Department for Education has released guidance for parents on dealing with Cyber Bullying. If you have concerns about bullying or cyber bullying at Thomas Hepburn Community Academy, please contact your Childs Year Leader.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploa...

SEXTING

Research has shown an increasing trend in young children taking naked pictures of themelves and sharing them with other people. This is dangerous and illegal, once a picture appears on the internet there is no getting it back. At Thomas Hepburn Community Academy, students learn about the dangers of sexting and the consequences that it can have. With technology developing at a faster and faster rate, parents can easily fall behind how to keep their children safe. This website by the NSPCC provides details for parents on the dangers of sexting and how to approch this issue with your son or daugher.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-...

SUPPORT NETWORKS

There are a number of support networks both locally and nationally which parents can contact for more information about Online Safety and Safeguarding as well as support for their own families.

Gateshead Family Information Service

Gateshead’s Family Information Service (FIS) offers free, confidential and impartial advice and guidance to parents, carers and childcare providers

Tel: 0191 433 5118

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.gateshead.gov.uk/familyinfo

Northumbria Police

If it is a serious matter or you believe a criminal offence has been committed, please call Northumbria Police on 0800 011 3116 or 101. In an emergency where you believe your child or you may be in immediate danger always call 999

Family Lives

For support with a variety of parental issues, Family Lives is listening, supportive and non-judgemental charity that has been developed to help and support parents. Visit their website for more details.

Social Networks

To report an issue directly to a social networking site, please use the links below.

Facebook, guidance on how to report inappropriate content

https://www.facebook.com/help/181495968648557

Twitter, guidance on how to report abusive or harassing behaviour:

https://support.twitter.com/forms/abusiveuser

Snapchat, to report a safety or abuse issue:

https://support.snapchat.com/ca/abuse