Are you worried about your child?
Parents are becoming increasingly concerned over their children's safety and time spent on the internet, and phones can be a particular concern in this respect. PAPAYA (Parents Against Phone Addiction in Young Adolescents) have a very interesting website which parents may find very useful. 'PAPAYA is about promoting wellness and improved mental health in adolescents by helping young people re-balance with technology'.
You can access the PAPAYA website by clicking on the link below:
Backwell School joined in with Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 6 Feburary and students were led through activities based on the theme of 'Create, connect and share respect: a better internet starts with you'. As a part of the resources provided for the event was a pack of supportive materials for parents and carers to support you in having conversations with your children about staying safe on the internet. These resources can be accessed using the links below.
Despite regular reminders and support from staff in school, we still have situations where students put themselves at risk by their online behaviour and it is vital that regular dialogue happens at home to support children. Recent national stories about the dangers of 'live streaming' through apps such as 'Omeagle' and 'Periscope' have been addressed through assemblies and we continue to warn students about apps that allow anonymous feedback, which can therefore be used for online bullying, such as Sarahah. The Student Council has set up a safeguarding sub committee and we have two sixth form students who represent the school on the North Somerset's Safeguarding Children Board (NSSCB) youth section.
Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you become aware of websites or apps that you consider to be of concern.