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20/05/22

The Sewing for Hope Club is on the final leg of the race! We have been crafting, stitching, sewing and embroidering Ukraine products which we will be selling in Caterham Valley after the half term holiday. #StandWithUkraine https://t.co/3RRHYSOH2W

18/05/22

Our Year 10 students had the pleasure of attending a Numeracy at Work Panel hosted by Claire Coutinho, MP for East Surrey, and Rachel Hopcroft, Head of Corporate Affairs at KPMG UK. Thank you for taking your time to come and visit us here at de Stafford School 🙏 https://t.co/50iHlpp3nw

28/04/22

We are pleased to announce that the first batch is ready to sell! The team have been working hard and should be proud of themselves. These will be available to purchase next week from Reception and during lunchtime from Room 45. 🇺🇦 https://t.co/XeQijfygSn

27/04/22

Congratulations to the winners of the Spanish Easter Egg competition run by Miss Fantana 🥳 What absolutely cracking designs you all came up with, well done! 👏 https://t.co/6V0rWpXuTU

26/04/22

"Every stitch is a thought, every thought is a prayer” Students meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday lunchtime to continue to raise funds for the Ukraine by sewing blue and yellow ribbons together, making badges and friendship bracelets to sell to the community! https://t.co/NsOneuMDwC

21/04/22

📸Tomorrow morning is the Year 11 Group Photograph! Please ensure your child is dressed in full school uniform, adhering to the uniform policy which can be found on our website - https://t.co/NecMtkIwVx This will be a lovely keepsake to look back on in years to come! 📸

01/04/22

It was our Year 9 & 10 Students who received top Attitude to Learning scores this week. They were invited down to celebrate their success over cookies and hot chocolate 🍪☕️ with Mr Place, Head of School. Well done to each and every one of you and keep up the hard work 💪 https://t.co/mIE9QiGlLL

31/03/22

A reminder to parents and carers that the school closes at the earlier time of 12:35pm tomorrow for the Easter break and students will return to school on Tuesday 19 April. https://t.co/8byYS72AHQ

24/03/22

Do you have a passion for reading? 📖 We are looking for adult volunteers to assist students with reading during library lessons, for a minimum of 1 hour every week. If you are interested, please email Natalie Rose: nrose1.org.uk for more details. https://t.co/i8GBaDag0I

23/03/22

Well done to Miss Benjafield’s 10XRE1 class for their debate over the use of excessive weaponry during an RE debate. Students shared some excellent and well thought out views, including historical and modern events. Excellent work year 10! 👏

17/03/22

Today our Year 8 X band students visited The Natural History Museum. It was great to see the students back out on school visits and representing the school in such a positive light. We hope their minds are exploding with new knowledge, ready to take it back to the classroom! 🤯 https://t.co/zZbdcmNZXn

15/03/22

📣YEAR 7 PARENTS' & CARERS' EVENING A reminder that the online booking system goes live at 6pm today for our virtual Year 7 Parents' & Carers' Evening on Wednesday 23rd March. Full details and a user guide can be found our website here https://t.co/KKRH19ZUcF... or in ParentMail. https://t.co/K1ac1uJtNk

14/03/22

📖Reading enthusiasts required! We are looking for adult volunteers to assist students engage with reading during library lessons. If this is something you would be interested in, please email Natalie Rose: nrose1.org.uk

14/03/22

📣VACANCIES: CLEANER & PART TIME RECEPTIONIST (MORNINGS ONLY) Are you looking for a new job role? We have some fantastic job opportunities opening up here at de Stafford School🥳 For full job descriptions and details of how to apply, please click here: https://t.co/CCJg56EblN https://t.co/0ddrKKPNN0

02/03/22

This morning Mr Place, Head of School, had the pleasure of meeting with some of our Year 7 students who have recently received top Attitude to Learning scores! 🤩 They gave some really positive feedback and enjoyed a hot chocolate and a cookie to celebrate their success! 🍪☕️ https://t.co/BsJnhtgAhS

01/03/22

Good Luck to all the Year 6 students and families on 'National Offer Day'! 🤞 We extend a very warm welcome to all those families whose children have been offered a place here at de Stafford - we very much look forward to you joining our wonderful school community! 🥳 https://t.co/bxxupLHntT

25/02/22

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated to our collection for the Caterham Food Bank over the last couple of weeks and supported our local community. https://t.co/IwjZUiiZzV

11/02/22

Please find a link to a bumper edition of our weekly news bulletin:- https://t.co/K8hzXLlz11. We wish you all a wonderful half term break and look forward to welcoming students back to school on Monday 21 February (on a week 1 timetable). https://t.co/2WCBrkvZ23

11/02/22

We have a fantastic administrative vacancy within our friendly and efficient Student Services team. For a full job description and details of how to apply, please click here: https://t.co/sqQrABohQg https://t.co/tA4d5qgqYr

02/02/22

We look forward to welcoming Year 10 parents and carers to our study skills seminar at 6pm this evening. Students are welcome to join us too, should they wish to reinforce what they have learnt in school today (no uniform required). https://t.co/aUpuIeCGRK

e-Safety

The internet is part of everyday life for most of us whether at school, work or home.  At de Stafford we educate students to be aware of its dangers and to use caution where necessary. 

We encourage students to ALWAYS tell an adult if they see something on the internet that concerns them, or if they are approached by someone they do not know by email or on a social networking site.

Parental controls are an important way to keep your child safe online. Parental controls can be used to block upsetting or harmful content, control in-app purchases or manage how long your child spends online. The good news is parental controls are really easy to set up! See the section below for detailed information and a helpful guide.

Safety Cards

Please click here for a selection of one-page guides on how to stay safe on the most popular platforms.

Please do take a look at our ‘Mobile Phone Safe Use Advisory Charter’ here

 

 

 

Using Parental Controls

Using parental controls

Parental controls are a great tool to help protect your children online. There’s plenty of advice available to help you use them and it may not be as difficult as you first thought. 

What do parental controls do? 

These controls are designed to help parents and carers manage their child’s online activities. There are various types, some of which are free but others which can be bought. However, nothing is totally fool proof so they don’t replace the need for adults to support and advise children using the internet. 

For detailed guidance on all the different types of control, you can use an online tool from Internet Matters - www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/interactive-guide. This gives you the chance to set up a personalised list of the controls used in your home on all your different devices. There is also advice on how to use all the various controls, with videos and step-by-step instructions. 

What can controls be used for? 

Controls can either be for a device like a games console, or for a network such as your home broadband. 

The way to access device controls can vary according to the manufacturer. They can offer varying types of protection, from filtering out adult content from search results to preventing your child from buying things when playing games. You can generally find instructions on how to set these controls up on the manufacturer’s website or use the Internet Matters website for help. These settings will apply whether the device is being used in your home our outside – but it’s easy for them to be switched off, so talk to your child about trust and responsibility, making sure they understand the importance of why you have put the settings in place. 

Most games consoles come with settings, which can be put in place for either the device itself or the games platform. It’s easy to forget that games consoles allow players to connect to the internet and talk to people all over the world so setting controls on devices and the platform itself (such as X Box) is important. 

Broadband and network filters generally come free with your service. These can be used to prevent material coming into your home. For example, you could restrict anything with a horror or sexual content being accessible via your home broadband. Instructions for accessing these filters can be found on the service providers’ websites – look at the bottom of the page to find the “help” or “security” page. 

Online controls 

Search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing allow users to filter out certain types of search results. This means you can reduce the risk of your child seeing adult content like pornography, or set limits on the time they spend online. Look for the cogwheel “settings” symbol where you will find the options for each provider. You can also encourage your child to use safer search facilities, such as Safe Search Kids from Google. 

Social media and other websites 

As with search engines, social media and sites like YouTube have privacy and security settings. These can prevent your child from being contacted by strangers or from seeing inappropriate material. It is important to remember that content filters cannot prevent other people from sending offensive or inappropriate messages or comments to your child’s account, so controlling who can contact your child is a key step. 

Buying controls 

It is also possible to buy filter programmes. These can be either solely for filtering purposes, but some virus protection software also offer filtering options. 

What next? 

Controls are not a single solution to staying safe online; talking to your children and encouraging responsible behaviour is critical. However, controls are a vital first step to helping to protect your child online, and here are seven simple things you can do to use them effectively: 

  • Set up home broadband parental controls and make use of controls on your home broadband. 
  • Set controls on your search engine; encourage your child to always use child-friendly search engines, and activate and lock the safe search settings on the browsers and platforms they use. 
  • Make sure every device is protected. Controls should be installed on every device your child uses, such as their mobile phone, tablet and games consoles (both home and handheld). 
  • Use privacy settings. Activate the safety measures offered by different sites; social networking sites like Facebook have privacy settings that will help prevent your child seeing unsuitable advertising or sharing too much with other people. 
  • Block pop-ups. If you’re worried about your children accessing inappropriate content though accidentally clicking on adverts in pop-ups, follow the advice from your service provider on how to stop these. 
  • Find good sites and agree on them as a family. By talking to your child about their interests you can help them find suitable sites to visit and apps to use. Review these sites as they get older. 
  • Manage their use and access. Children may be very worried that your response to a problem will be to take away their internet access. Whilst this may be an appropriate response in some cases, the threat may be a barrier for a child who needs help. Be aware of this when talking to them about their internet use, and reassure them that they can talk to you or a trusted adult whenever they need to.

This information has been adapted from the Thinkuknow parents and carers website – www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents  

Thinkuknow is the education programme from the National Crime Agency CEOP command.  The CEOP command works to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation both online and offline. Thinkuknow offers a range of safety information for children, young people, practitioners and parents/carers

The CEOP Safety Centre offers information and advice for children and young people, parents/carers and professionals on reporting child sexual exploitation and abuse and provides a route to report directly to CEOP – www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre. 

Internet Safety Websites

The list of websites below give parents and students some useful information on Internet safety and the possible hidden dangers to be aware of.

parentinfo.org

The excellent ParentZone website continually updates information about new apps, games and all things digital so that you don't have to be the expert on everything.

Thinkuknow.co.uk

Thinkuknow gives you the latest information on popular sites, mobiles and new technology.  It also has a Q&A page and has separate, informal, age appropriate sections.  Home activity packs are also available to download with useful tips for Keeping your child safe online while they are off school.

Digizen.org

This website provides information to strengthen awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is. It shares specific advice and resources on issues such as social networking and cyberbullying.

Saferinternet.org.uk

UK Safer Internet Centre is where you can find e-safety tips, advice and resources to help young people stay safe on the internet.

Kidsmart.org

This website is aimed at young people and has tips and explanations on many areas including social networking, file sharing and chat websites.

Childnet.com

Childnet gives top tips, games and internet safety information for young people, parents and carers to ensure users stay safe online and become responsible users of the internet.

nspcc.org.uk

The NSPCC online safety advice page gives information on online safety and has a free phone number for any questions regarding parental controls, privacy settings or advice on social networks.

Social Networking Sites

Facebook.com/safety

This link leads to the safety policy for Facebook and tips for staying safe while using the network.

Surfnetkids.com

This site provides links to various articles/posts on issues pertaining to Facebook.  These topics range from safety strategies to the pros and cons of social networking.

  • Set privacy settings to ‘friends only’ to secure that only the people you have allowed to be ‘friends’ with you can see what you are posting
  • Be careful if setting your privacy to ‘friends of friends’ as this means any person that is friends with one of your friends can now access all of your photos and posts etc.
  • After updating the app when using it on your mobile phone, check your privacy settings again as updating an app can reset all of these settings
  • Only accept people you are confident that you know so that strangers cannot access your private information
  • Make sure what you are posting is appropriate
  • If you receive any unwanted feed, report it if you find it inappropriate or offensive

About.twitter.com/safety

  • This site provides tips for teens and parents/carers including privacy settings, sharing and bullying and harassment.

  • Go to your account settings and select security and privacy
  • Make sure you have a secure password to ensure that nobody other than yourself can access your account
  • So that only you and your chosen followers can view your Tweets, select ‘protect my tweets’ from the drop down menu in the privacy settings.

Documents

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Tik Tok - A Parents' Guide 10th Jan 2020 Download
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