Operation Encompass is a new initiative which will endeavour to provide support for children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse in their household. It is a partnership between the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), Wigan Safeguarding Children’s Board and designated school staff, known as Key Adults. The MASH team will inform Key Adults within schools about any domestic abuse incident where the child has been present or affected. This will enable schools to take appropriate steps to support our pupils during what could be an emotionally difficult time. .
The main reason that we provide internet access to our teachers and pupils is to promote educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation and communication. Internet access will be authorised once parents and pupils have returned the signed consent form as part of the Acceptable Use Policy. A record will be kept by the school office of all pupils who have been granted internet access.
All school systems are protected by up-to-date virus software. Sophos provides online security for our school. Sophos guards the schools’ internet connections from threats that are posed to internet users and the network infrastructure. This helps to prevent hacking of systems and data and a wide range of malware, viruses etc. This also helps to restrict access to inappropriate web-content.
Find out more about how children use social media; the apps they use; potential risks they face; using privacy settings and advice and tips on how to talk to your children about e-safety by clicking on the following links:
Another point to keeping children safe online would be parental controls. Making sure that children are not able to access adult content online is actually easier than one may think. There are lots of different services on the internet. Here are some useful links to do with some of services that children may often access.
Additionally using child friendly software that service providers have created separately and specifically for children is a great help to combat problems that circulate online.
Here is a link to a website that reviews applications that your child may or may not be using. This website is great and presents a good guideline for parents that are unsure what each app does.
Recently SnapChat, used regularly by many children and young people, launched a new feature. SnapMaps allows users to see the location of their contacts. This feature allows others to accurately pinpoint where you are and how you can set privacy levels to ensure safe use.
saferinternet.org.uk have posted a thorough explanation of SnapMaps and how to ensure users stay safe. Follow the link: