Language Schools – Safeguarding and host families:
There are increasing concerns about the practice of a few unaccredited language schools in the borough. The council have worked with RALSA, a group of local accredited local language schools, to produce a leaflet for parents/carers. This is to make our families aware of the safeguarding regulations relating to becoming a host family for others.
Please find below the latest Internet Safety regarding some Apps to be aware of:
MyLOL: there are concerns raised this app is being used by sexual predators. The advice from the National Crime Agency states: We strongly advise that schools and parents talk to children about this app and advise them to delete the app and block the website.On its website, MyLOL claims itself to be the ‘#1 teen dating site in the US, Australia, UK and Canada’ and claims to have more than 300,000 members around the world. It invites users to meet ‘thousands of teenagers like you’ and then goes on to describe how users can ‘chat with members or privately with someone.’ Teens are encouraged to update a profile and share pictures.
Yellow: labelled ‘Tinder for teens’, which could be used by predators to groom youngsters. Like Tinder, Yellow allows its users to swipe right and left to either ‘like’ or ‘pass’ another user, and if there’s a match, they can begin chatting. A spokesman for NSPCC said: Any app that allows strangers to send photos to children or vice versa is troubling – particularly where the images being exchanged are of a sexual nature. Yellow’s settings enable adults to view children, through a service blatantly aimed at flirting and relationships, also creates an opportunity for sexual predators to target young people.
Musical.ly: This is increasingly coming to the attention of Hampshire Police – receiving a negative reputation because it appears to be an application that undesirables are looking at to exploit as they are aware that the main users are children aged 8-12 years old.
Roblox: There is a warning that this game may put children at risk from predators. Specific concern is that strangers can contact users of the game.
If you have any concerns around any aspects of Safeguarding, please contact one of the members of staff below on 01202 421141
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr M Spackman
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs S Haynes
Miss E Wogan, Mrs F Fergie, Mr I Evans, Miss P Hubbort
Information for parents/carers: Schools hold on file any domestic abuse alert connected to any student in the school that happens between parents/carers.
The NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit works to safeguard children in sport. Together we can help our young people play sport and stay safe. See here for lots of information and guidance.
As a rolling programme, St Peter’s students in Years 2-13 will be visited by the Safe Schools and Communities Team and shown an age-appropriate presentation on Internet Safety and Child Exploitation.
Keeping Children Safe in Education – Part 1 was recently presented to all staff and employees of St Peter’s School