Hi all, I hope you had a fantastic summer and are feeling refreshed and ready to inspire another generation of young people.
Lets not beat around the bush, today there have been a story on BBC Radio 4 about a 14 year old boy who sexted a 14 year old girl and has ended up on the Police radar, it is claimed it may show up on any future DBS the boy applies for which means he may have difficulty getting job that involves working with young people or vulnerable adults. This throws up all sorts of questions around how we should deal with incidents like this. Does your school have a policy in place? What would you do? Contact me for best practice on dealing with sexting incidents. I can send a booklet that details how sexting should be handled – please take a moment to read it, familiarise yourself and include it into your schools safeguarding procedures. Sexting is not going to go away any time soon and we need to be open to the fact that it is happening and ensure that young people are aware of the consequences if they choose to send naked pictures of themselves, or pass on pictures of others. In the eyes of the law a sexted image of anyone under the age of 18 is classed as an indecent image of a child. If you would like to know how to better protect your students please drop me a line, I would love to talk through best practice with you.
In other news Online Safety is clearly referenced in the updated guidelines issued by OfSTED in their new ‘Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills from September 2015’ document.
There is very clear emphasis on ensuring that staff, students, governors and the wider school community are engaged with the online safety agenda. Inspectors will ask all stakeholders about this during inspections, and will be looking for clear evidence that the schools are taking this seriously. A once a year assembly is in no way adequate to effectively safeguard students. I always recommend that schools utilise the 360 Safe school self review tool. It is free to use and takes a holistic look at online safety, covering everything from Policy to Inspection to Training.
I am still offering free audits but these are limited – if you are interested in a free school online safety audit please drop me a line. There really is no catch!