Frome Vale takes safeguarding very seriously. It is everybody’s responsibility to act if they feel that a child is not being cared for properly or being put at risk. If you suspect that a child is at risk or being harmed please contact either Heather Marshall, the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Dr Saunders, Principal. Any conversations will be dealt with sensitively and confidentially.
E-safety officer: Jan Saunders
Children at Frome Vale Academy use the internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. In school we have regular E-Safety activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online. When using the computer room children are continually reminded of how to keep themselves safe and get the best from the amazing resources of the internet. The CLF uses Impero to help us monitor the use of the internet and immediately alerts us to any inappropriate content.
Click the link below to view three videos for parents which cover topics including:
· Exploitation of children online
· Technical protective and safety measures available
· Tips on starting a conversation with children about the internet and how to use it safely.
The Prevent Strategy
Frome Vale takes its Prevent duty very seriously. The Prevent duty became law back in 2015. This is a duty on all schools and registered early years providers to have due regard to preventing people being drawn into terrorism. In order to protect children in our care, we must be alert to any reason for concern in the child’s life at home or elsewhere.
The launch of the new Counter Terrorism website ‘Act Early’.
The website is aimed at family and friends and to reach out to communities. The purpose of the site is to increase awareness of the signs of radicalisation, where to go for help and support and to increase understanding and confidence in the referral process.
Also being launched is a National Prevent advice line for friends/family/community members to call – 0800 011 3764. This number will be staffed by Prevent teams to ensure the advice being given is appropriate and consistent.
Counter Terrorism Policing South West is supporting the launch, working with partners and police force Corporate Communications teams to promote the site and campaign. We have been asked to play a part in disseminating these materials in our communities. This is particularly relevant in this current climate with the impact of Covid 19, social isolation and the rise in hateful extremism online.
TikTok Update Parental Controls with Family Pairing Feature (SWGfL)
TikTok is used by many teenagers and sometimes children younger than that 13 despite its terms and conditions. Using the new Family Pairing feature can allow parents to guide their child’s TikTok experience in a safer way. Features include:
- Search: Decide what can be searched for. This includes content, users, hashtags, or sounds
- Screen Time Management: Sets how long your teen can spend on TikTok each day
- Discoverability: Decide on the account being private (you decide who can see their content) or public (anyone can search and view content)
To find out more information about TikTok’s Family Pairing feature got to; https://swgfl.org.uk/magazine/tiktok-update-parental-controls-with-family-pairing-feature/