Creating a positive digital footprint
Scare stories abound about how your child’s digital footprint could negatively affect their life, but if they nurture it, they can use it to project a positive image to the world.
Get them to check their online presence regularly. Before searching their name online, they should log out of their social media accounts so they can see how much of their profile is visible to a stranger. Too much? For advice look at the “Safety and privacy controls”
Who they follow or like on social media reveals a lot. Following organisations and commentators, as well as friends and celebs, can show your child is well informed and interested in the world.
Encourage their creativity keen writers could start their own blog. Or, if they’re into photography and video, they could start an account to share their work. Most platforms allow users to disable comments to control cyberbullying and trolling. Just make sure that before they are on social media, they know not to share contact details or post anything that tells people where they live, go to school or hang out. They should also not private message or one-to-one video chat with people they’ve never met offline they also need to know how to block or report people who hassle them.
Remember A digital footprint isn’t just what your child shares, it’s also what is shared and said about them – remember this when posting about them. For some children, such as those in care, an online presence may put them at risk. In these cases, privacy is important. A positive digital footprint is a bonus, not a must-have.
Child Protection Statement 2017
We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.
The School will use the threshold tool to monitor and provide evidence in regards to safeguarding our young people. The threshold will be used to support discussions with parents and carers where there is a safeguarding concern. Please use the link below to understand more about how the School will take action when a concern is raised.
The adoption of the model provides consistency for professionals working across geographical areas. This dynamic model provides a needs led, outcome driven matrix of need and vulnerability which, when used effectively, can match the child/young person’s needs with the appropriate assessment and provision.