The Internet offers many opportunities and importantly helps us to support your child in their learning through this challenging time. However, the internet also presents some risks to users and therefore parents and carers should take precautions to help protect their children. At the foot of this document we have links to use websites which give guides to keeping your child safe online.
How will we know that the work being set has come from our child’s teacher?
All work for students will be set using Google Classroom and homework will be notified through Classcharts. If you are asked to do something that has not been set through either of these two platforms, it has not come from a member of staff at Bishop Luffa. Some teachers may signpost pupils within these platforms to other websites or apps, but Google Classroom and Classcharts will always be the starting point.
How will we communicate with children?
We have asked staff to ensure all email communication with students is done through students' and staff’s Bishop Luffa email addresses. No communication should be made using private email accounts. Staff will therefore request that any work sent through a private email be redirected through a school email account.
Using additional online platforms and online private tuition
We are aware that some parents and carers may wish to engage with private tutors online or additional learning tools beyond that recommended by the school. If you do make this decision, please look for recommendations from other families before you begin. We recommend that if your child engages with this provision it should be in an area of the house where adults are present so you can confirm the interaction is appropriate.
What should my child do if they want to report abuse on the internet?
If your child experiences abuse online they can contact a member of the school’s safeguarding team at DSL@Bishopluffa.org.uk The school’s Safeguarding team are:
- Mr S Williams (Designated Safeguarding Lead)
- Mr A Jackson (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)
- Mr A Hindman (Head Teacher)
- Mrs L Watson
- Mr N Topley
- Mr J Saunders
- Mrs H Williams
- Mrs S Smith
- Mrs E Conway
If students wish to access support from external agencies we would recommend:
- Childline - for support
- UK Safer Internet Centre - to report and remove harmful online content
- CEOP - for advice on making a report about online abuse.
Where can I find additional information for supporting my child on the internet?
These nationally recognised websites have valuable resources for parents and carers to use:
- Internet matters - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- London Grid for Learning - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Net-aware - for support for parents and carers from the NSPCC
- Parent info - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Thinkuknow - for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
- UK Safer Internet Centre - advice for parents and carers
- Childnet - has produced a Parent and Carer Toolkit which is a collection of three resources designed to help you talk to your child about their online life, manage boundaries around family internet use and point you in the direction of where to get further help and support.
- NSPCC Net Aware - provides a useful guide to social networks, apps and games.