To address e-safety issues facing young people today, including the use of social media, the internet, Facebook, chatrooms and new phone technologies, we have a dedicated programme which educates students about online dangers.
As part of our tutor programme and PRSHE curriculum, students are taught about online safety by covering a range of topics such as:
- Managing risks and personal safety: online reputation, privacy and digital cleanse; building and maintaining a positive professional online presence; social media platforms
- Media literacy and digital resilience: social media and distorted perspectives; being a critical consumer; reporting content and accessing help
- Mental health and emotional wellbeing: pressure to conform
Our e-safety team
The e-safety team at Harris Rainham Sixth Form consists of the following members of staff:
- Gareth Stananought, Principal - reviews all policies and practices annually
- Usa Divakaran, Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) - updates our e-Safety and ICT policies annually, provides the direct link between safeguarding training and student awareness, and delivers staff training and students assemblies
- Christina Holland, Vice Principal
- Robert Jukes, Assistant principal
- Francesca Osborn, Head of Year 12 - delivers staff training and student assemblies and contributes to the development and evaluation of our e-safety learning programme
- Schools Police Officer, PC Drew Heath - the e-safety link between school and police who investigates any concerns that require police involvement, involving the child and parent/carer at all times, until a conclusion is reached
- Isaac Olarewaju, ICT Technician - contributes technical advice to the development and evaluation of our e-safety learning programme
All staff at the Sixth Form receive annual safeguarding training and a CPD update briefing session to ensure the latest technologies or trends are discussed.
Support for carers/parents
We teach our sixth formers online safety as part of the curriculum, but it is vital that all carers/parents are aware of the risks and what they can do to develop a culture of online safety in their family home.
For any concerns about a child's or young adults’s online safety, there is always someone at at sixth form to speak to. Please call us and ask to speak to Francesca Osborn (Head of Year) or Mrs Divakaran, Designated Safeguarding Lead. You can also speak to any member of staff.
The following links also offer support and information.
Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support.
Common Sense Media provide independent reviews, age ratings and other information about all types of media for children and their parents.
Government advice about protecting children from specific online harms such as child sexual abuse, sexting, and cyberbullying.
Government advice about security and privacy settings, blocking unsuitable content, and parental controls.
Internet Matters provide age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world.
Let’s Talk About It provides advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation.
London Grid for Learning provides support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online.
Lucy Faithfull Foundation Stop It Now resource can be used by parents and carers who are concerned about someone’s behaviour, including children who may be displaying concerning sexual behaviour (not just about online).
National Crime Agency/CEOP Think U Know provides support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online.
Parent Zone provides help for parents and carers on how to keep their children safe online.
UK Safer Internet Centre provide tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online.
Our E-Safety Policy can be found on our Safeguarding page.
Our Acceptable Use of ICT Policy can be found of our Student Welfare page.