Schools play an essential role in protecting children from abuse. They have regular contact with children and young people so are in a strong position to identify signs of abuse and neglect.
My Online Schooling is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support children and young people, their families, and staff at school. We ensure that all staff receive appropriate training, guidance and support to undertake the effective safeguarding of children.
Any concerns are passed through the designated safeguarding leaders within the school.
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is a national charity which works to fight child abuse.
Where necessary, My Online Schooling liaises closely with local authorities and multi-agency support hubs (MASH) to seek advice and guidance, as well as to discuss instances of concern with the relevant authorities.
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Emily Peters, Deputy Head of Secondary School
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (EMEA): Euan MacLean, School Principal
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (APAC): Rhiannon Butler, English, Drama & PSHE Teacher
My Online Schooling is committed to adhering to the most stringent of safeguarding procedures in order to protect the young people who attend our school. This policy aims to ensure that at all stages of recruitment and employment we will select the application most suitable for the vacancy advertised. In adopting safer recruitment, we aim to deter, prohibit access to and reveal individuals who may be a risk to the safety of children and young people. My Online Schooling will not discriminate on any grounds that cannot be demonstrated as directly relevant to the post advertised.
My Online Schooling is committed to creating an environment where exemplary behaviour is at the heart of productive learning. Everyone is expected to maintain the highest standards of personal conduct, to accept responsibility for their behaviour and encourage others to do the same. Our behaviour policy guides staff to support and teach self-discipline, not blind compliance. It echoes our core values with a heavy emphasis on respectful behaviour, a partnership approach to managing poor conduct and dynamic interventions that support staff and pupils. This policy aims to help young people grow in a safe and secure online environment, and to become successful, confident, responsible and effective members of the school community and beyond. The school recognises and promotes good behaviour, as it believes that this will develop an ethos of kindness, trust and cooperation.
We recognise that schools play an essential role in helping children to understand and identify the parameters of what is appropriate child and adult behaviour; what is ‘safe’; to recognise when they and others close to them are not safe; and how to seek advice and support when they are concerned.
My Online Schooling will use the curriculum to provide opportunities for increasing self-awareness, self-esteem, social and emotional understanding, assertiveness and decision making so that pupils have a range of contacts and strategies to ensure their own protection and understand the importance of protecting others.
Systems have been established to support the empowerment of children to talk to a range of staff. Pupils at My Online Schooling will be listened to and heard and their concerns will be taken seriously and acted upon, as appropriate.
Specific systems outside of expected day to day classroom interaction and support include:
The foundation of My Online Schooling is based on technology and the use of the internet. The safe and responsible use of the internet and technology, by the children and young people who attend My Online Schooling, is one of our top priorities. E-safety encompasses internet technologies and electronic communications such as mobile devices and wireless technology. My Online Schooling is committed to educating children and young people about the benefits and risks of using technology and provides safeguards and awareness for pupils to enable them to control and monitor their online experiences. It is also important that pupils of My Online Schooling are knowledgeable of the ways they can report unwanted online behaviour (in and out of school) and misuse of school Platforms.
At My Online Schooling, we consider our educational establishment to be our online platforms, which are all accessed via the internet: Zoom, Canvas and iSAMS. Our platforms are used to facilitate communications, raise educational standards, promote pupil achievement, support the professional work of staff and enhance the school’s management information and administration systems. As the basis of our school and also as part of the curriculum, the internet is a necessary tool for teaching and learning. It is essential for life in the twenty-first century: for education, for business and for social interaction. Access to the internet is necessary for attendance to My Online Schooling and is an entitlement for those who show a responsible and mature approach to its use. Our pupils will inevitably access the internet outside of school time and should be educated in how to evaluate online information and to take care of their own safety and security online and when using technology. We believe that pupils should be empowered to build resilience and to develop strategies to manage and respond to risk online.
Suggested sites and internet safety advice by age group:
ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19.
ChildLine: Staying safe online
Working to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.
Childnet International: Parents and Carers
How to avoid inadvertently downloading malware, basic tips to keep your Android phone safe and secure.
Digital Trends: Android App Security Basics: Easy Ways To Keep Your Phone Safe
A common understanding of what is and what isn’t appropriate behaviour online.
Digizen Family Agreement
Report criminal online content securely and confidentially.
Internet Watch Foundation
Free, enterprise-class security software designed for home computers
K9 Web Protection
Information and resources for parents on raising kids in a digital world.
Kids Privacy: Tips & Scripts for Parenting in the Digital World
SMART rules – (S)afe (M)eeting (A)ccepting (R)eliable (T)ell
Before handing over your iPad to a child, it’s best to do some parental preparation.
Macworld: Set up a kid-friendly iPad
CEOP helps children stay safe online. Report inappropriate online behaviour.
National Crime Agency – Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP)
Advice on how to talk to your child about the risks of online porn and sexually explicit material.
NSPCC: Online porn
An international partnership of law enforcement agencies, non-government organisations and industry to help protect children from online child abuse.
Virtual Global Taskforce
Change the online safety and privacy settings for any profile on the Xbox 360 console
Xbox 360: Online safety and privacy settings
Learn how to configure privacy and online safety settings for Xbox One.
Xbox One: Family SecurityONE security
National Online Safety: At National Online Safety, it is their mission to make the internet a safer place for children. They achieve this through equipping school staff, parents and children with the knowledge to understand online dangers and how best to react should an incident arise.
National Online E-Safety Guides: Free online safety guides focusing on Social Media platforms and general online safety tips.
Samaritans Every day, Samaritans volunteers respond to around 10,000 calls for help. They are available day or night, for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure. Contact Samaritans here.
Childline Childline is a free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything. You can speak to a counsellor 1-2-1 for free every day from 7.30am – 3:30am on weekdays and 9am – 3.30am on weekends. Contact Childline here.