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Online Safety

KEEPING YOUR CHILD SAFE WHILST AT SCHOOL AND OUTSIDE OF IT

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 Dyke House 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 Dyke House Academy.


Our safeguarding team at Dyke House 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 at Dyke House, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the team either through the school email system or by telephone on 01429 266377.


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 clicking on the CEOP link below:

https://ceop.police.uk/CEOP-Reporting/


CYBER BULLYING

Bullying happens in schools and Dyke House 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 Thorp Academy, please contact your child's Year Leader.


SEXTING

Research has shown an increasing trend in young children taking naked pictures of themselves 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 Dyke House, 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 approach this issue with your son or daughter.

CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION

Child Sexual Exploitation Resources for Parents

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.


The Children's Hub

The Children's Hub is a partnership between:

  • Hartlepool Borough Council
  • Stockton - on - Tees Borough Council
  • Cleveland Police
  • North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
  • Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust.

Anyone can contact The Children's Hub if they have concerns about a child's welfare or safety.

Additionally, the Children's Hub is one stop shop with free information, advice and assistance for parents, professionals, children and young people aged 0 to 19 years.

Including:

  • Children's Centres
  • 2, 3, 4 year old Free Nursery Entitlement
  • Training and employment advice
  • Benefit entitlement checks
  • Activities for children and young people
  • Childcare
  • Family finance and budgeting
  • Family matters
  • Becomming a childminder / childcare provider
  • Help with childcare costs
  • Access to child services and support

To get the information and advice that you need please ring on 01429 284284, E-mail us at [email protected].

Secure email address: [email protected]


Cleveland Police

If it is a serious matter or you believe a criminal offence has been committed, please call Cleveland Police on 01642 326326 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 a 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

NSPCC online safety

NSPCC let's keep kids safe online