Online and eSafety Advice
Safeguarding children and young people, including Online and eSafety, is everyone’s responsibility. eSafety is not a responsibility for just ICT staff. It needs to be considered as part of the overall arrangements in place that safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in our community.
eSafety covers any issues relating to any communications using the Internet, mobile phones or other electronic communications technologies that can pose risks to a person’s safety.
Safety Notice and Advice for Parents
We have become aware of highly inappropriate videos circulating online and being viewed by children. These video clips are appearing on many social media sites and You Tube. Many of the videos start innocently with an unrelated clip, but quickly turn into an altered version with violence and offensive language.
The MoMo video clip features a bug-eyed woman with the body of a bird, which allegedly encourages children to do dangerous tasks without telling their parents.
As you can imagine, just the idea of this is highly distressing for children. Whilst this may seem obvious, it’s important for you to reiterate to your child that Momo is not a real person and cannot directly harm them. We encourage you to be vigilant when your child is viewing any device or watching video clips.
For further advice, please see the information guide for parents from the National Online Safety website. Some additional safety advice is attached to the bottom of this page.
All students and parents are given the Acceptable Use Policy when they start at Altrincham College and all staff are given our ICT and Social Networking Policy on an annual basis. These policies are regularly reviewed and sets out guidance for the acceptable, safe and responsible use of technology. Altrincham College staff sign the ICT and Social Networking Policy at the start of an academic year, it is also as part of the induction of new staff routine.
Our eSafety Coordinator
Altrincham College eSafety Coordinator:
Mr A Eastwood
- Maintaining the Acceptable Use (Students) and ICT and Social Networking (Staff) Policies.
- Ensuring that Altrincham College's policies and procedures include aspects of eSafety.
For example: the anti-bullying procedures include cyberbullying and the child protection policy includes internet grooming
- Monitoring the effectiveness of the filter system provider to it is set at the correct level for staff, children and young people
- Report issues to the Head Teacher
- Ensure that staff participate in eSafety training
- Ensure that eSafety is included in staff induction
Any idea can be taken to an extreme, but the type of extremism that we look for is when ideas and opinions lead on to violence. We often hear on the news of young people that have been radicalised and drawn into terrorist groups, but what does that mean? In simple terms radicalisation is the process of someone developing extremist views.
All staff and Governors at Altrincham College are Level 1 Safeguarding trained and have completed the Governments Extremism and Radicalisation Prevent Training as part of Operation Channel.
Our SPOC Coordinator (Single Point of Contact)
Altrincham College SPOC Coordinator: Miss S Diffley.
You can download a copy of Extremism & Radicalisation - A Guide for Parents HERE
If you have concerns?
If you have concerns about your child relating to extremism and radicalisation, you can receive support and advice from our SPOC Coordinator in school on 0161 980 7173 or your local police by telephoning 101. They will treat the matter with total confidence and will do all they can to help to prevent your child turning to behaviour that breaks the law.