Please ensure your child is aware of traffic and stranger dangers especially if they are travelling to the Academy on a bicycle or on foot. We also advise students not to wear headphones to and from the Academy as this can be a distraction to outside noises. It is a good idea to walk with other students where possible.
The trams run every 12 minutes outside the Academy. Please remind your child to remain safe near tram lines and overhead electricity cables. It is especially busy in the morning and afternoon with children either arriving or leaving. We ask parents are also extra vigilant when dropping or picking up. Once students return in September there will be a number of assemblies from Metrolink staff on safety near tram lines and overhead cables.
As your child moves up to secondary school they will be exposed to an increasing number of social media and websites. It is important that both of you understand how to stay safe online.
Talk to your child before they start in Year 7 about social media if you haven’t already. As in real life, the people that they meet in the first few days may not turn out to be their closest friends later on, so encourage them to keep their details personal until they get to know fellow students better – this will help to avoid social conflict arising.
Please be aware of the age restrictions for sites that your child uses:
Age 18 (or 13 with parent’s permission): YouTube, Flickr, Keek
Age 16: Whatsapp
Age 13: Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Reddit, Tumblr, Google+, Pinterest
The NSPCC website (link) has some very useful information about online safety, and their Be Share Aware(link) page is worth looking at. The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (link) also gives good advice, and is the place to go if your child experiences anything untoward online.
5 top tips for safer social networking from the CEOP website:
If you use social networks always think about who can see the things you post and what they reveal about you.
Know who your friends are.
It’s really tempting to accept as many friend requests or follows as possible. It can make us feel popular. But remember, they could be anyone. Do you really want them seeing your pictures, videos or comments?
Share with care.
Once you’ve put something online you’ve lost control of it – it can be copied, shared or edited. It could turn up anywhere. You might be happy showing a funny picture to your friends but would you want your parents or teachers to see it?
Use privacy settings.
Most social networks let you limit what you share to friends or followers you’ve OKed. It’s always a good idea to only let people you know and trust see your stuff. Learn how to use privacy settings and how to block people who are bothering you.
Know how to report.
Most social networks let you report to them if you have a problem on their site. So if someone’s shared an embarrassing picture or is being nasty to you, you need to know how to get help. Learn how to report on any site or app you use by visiting their ‘safety’ pages. Find the Safety pages of popular sites
Know how to get help.
If you feel someone’s bullying you on a social network you should talk to an adult you trust, or, if you’d rather speak to someone you can call Childline on 0800 1111. If someone’s being weird or making you feel uncomfortable, talking about sex or asking you to do things you don’t want to do you should report to CEOP, whatever may have happened CEOP will understand or you call call the police on the non-emergency 101 number. You won’t be in trouble. Here is their website for further details https://ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/
If there is anything you are unsure about or would like to talk about regarding your child’s e-safety, please feel free to call the Welfare Team at the Academy.