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From 20th March 2020 parents were asked to keep their children at home, wherever possible and where it was safer to do so. Schools are to remain open only for those children of workers critical to the COVID-19 response and children who are vulnerable, with an EHCP or have an allocated Social Worker.

This addendum of the Cambourne Village College Safeguarding and Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy contains details of our individual safeguarding arrangements during this time.

Cambourne Village College is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all its students.

The full addendum can be found here.

All of our policies can be found here.

Keeping Yourself Safe Online

Working from home means that we are relying more on the internet and technology. It also means that we are socialising in different ways, mainly via apps and social media. Staying in touch with your friends and loved ones using video messaging, texting and phone calls is important. However, interacting online doesn’t come without dangers.

FACT: 51% of year 8 students in the UK have accepted a friend request from someone they don’t know

FACT: 30% of year 8 students in the UK have requested to be friends with someone they don’t know

Questions to ask yourself to help you stay safe

Is this person who they say they are?

Why does someone want me to see this?

Why does someone want me to send this?

Why would someone want me to believe this?

Why does this person want my personal information?

Is this too good to be true?

Life Online

Harassment, bullying and trolling are common-place. It’s easy to say things online that you might not say to someone’s face. Stop and think before posting. It is easy for online behavioursto cross a line and become illegal. Examples of illegal behaviours include forms of hate crime such as homophobicand racist remarks, sharing and receiving indecent images (sexting).

FACT: What you post now could affect your future career opportunities and relationships – both positively and negatively. Think before you send.

Why might strangers want to speak / contact you?

Whilst you might like to think the best of people, not everyone has good intentions. Adults and other young people might contact school-aged children in order to radicalise them, abuse and exploit them or recruit them into gang-related and other criminal activity.

NEVER give out addresses, phone numbers or email addresses to people you do not know and NEVER arrange to meet someone you have not met before.

What can I do to get through this?

Create a solid routine that works for you and allow flexibility when needed.

Exercise can be positive for mental health and do what you enjoy.

Recognise when online behaviours stop being fun and begin to create anxiety.

Find the balance between time spent on and off-line.

If you are worried about yourself, a friend or anyone at school then you can talk to your parent / carer. You can also e-mail the safeguarding team at school on:

Below are two links to help you learn about staying safe online and dealing with worries and anxiety:

Your parents / carers can also help you stay safe by reading this guide: