Care, Guidance and Support Archive

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Summer Term Enrichment Programme 2019

Please click here for the Summer Term Enrichment Programme (2019)

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Sarahah app/website

Dear Parents/Carers,

We would like to make you aware of a new app and website called ‘Sarahah’.

What is Sarahah?

  • An app and website that allows users to send and receive anonymous message.
  • Users cannot respond to messages but they can “favourite” messages.
  • By default, anyone can leave a message on a profile even if they don’t have an account.

Why are we posting about this?

  • The Sarahah app has become popular amongst teens and we’re aware that some of our pupils are already actively using it. The app promotes anonymity – making teens feel like they can hide behind their anonymous screen names and bully others without repercussions.
  • Sarahah is predominantly used to bully other users.
  • There is no filter for explicit content.
  • There is no way to report inappropriate content or threats.

What can parents do?

  • We would advise parents to discuss the dangers of anonymous apps and have their child delete their Sarahah account (if they use Sarahah).
  • Ensure your child knows what is appropriate to send in private and public messages, whether they are anonymous or not
  • If your child has a desire to use apps like Sarahah, please challenge them to give positive and constructive feedback offline instead.

A full video guide covering all aspects of Sarahah can be found by clicking here.

As a school we do cover many aspects of anonymity, appropriate online behaviour and social networks in our regular e-safety assemblies and lessons.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding e-safety please do check out our dedicated e-safety section where you can find guidance on many different websites/apps.

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Post-16: Life after Brockington

Please click here for the Post-16 Presentation notes delivered by Brockington College.

Over the course of the year a number of schools are presenting their own options for Post-16 to students. For their presentation notes please click the relevant school below:

 

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SEXTING: Information & Parents and Guardians

Please click here for information regarding ‘sexting’.

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Summer 2016 Enrichment Programme

Please click here for the Summer 2016 Enrichment Programme.

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Free Online Support for Young People

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Kooth is a free online service that offers emotional and mental health support for children and young people. When you sign up you can choose an avatar, which helps to keep you safe and anonymous.  You can have a “drop-in” chat with a counsellor or therapist or book a one-to-one session.

Kooth’s counsellors and therapists are available until 10pm, 365 days a year. You can talk to other young people anonymously on the forums whenever you like, and keep an online journal.

 

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Spring 2016 Enrichment Programme

Please click here for the Spring 2016 Enrichment Programme

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Cyber-bullying & E-Safety

Cyberbullying is the use of the Internet and other technologies such as mobile phones and devices which can send and upload messages/images in a way which is intended to cause harm other people, in a deliberate, repeated, and hostile manner.

At Brockington College cyber-bullying is treated as a very seriously and is dealt with in the same way, and with the same severity, that we deal with incidents of any other form of bullying.  So that we can help you to ensure the bullying stops you must tell someone!

Who could you tell?

  • Your parents
  • An adult you trust
  • A friend
  • Your form tutor
  • A Pastoral Manager (Mrs Wright/Mrs Robinson/Mrs Heath)
  • Your Head of Year (Mrs Dobbins/Miss Heggs/Mr Clark)
  • Email your pastoral team by clicking here: pastoral@brockington.leics.sch.uk
  • Contacting Childline on 0800 1111

More information on cyber-bullying can be found below:

Simple Steps to Online Safety (***new***)

InternetMatters.org | E-Safety Tips for Parents of… 11-13 Year Olds & 14+ Year Olds

Childline Cyber-Bullying Information

Facebook Checklist (***new***)

Kidscape

Digizen Video on Cyberbullying

Whilst Brockington College makes every effort to protect you from unsuitable content on the internet and via email we realise that a large number of you use the net outside of the school environment.  Please have a look through the information below to make sure you use the internet in a safe and responsible way.

General Information

Social Networking

Anti-Virus Software

It is important to ensure your computer is free of viruses and spyware at all times to keep it running as well as possible.  Whilst there are a number of paid options from companies such as Symantec and Sophos, there are also a number of free alternatives.  Whilst we cannot advise one anti-virus over another (as everyone’s needs differ) we have listed a couple of the more popular free ones below for people with no anti-virus at all:

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Voice It

Voice It


The key message to all students having problems and difficulties, or simply looking for advice is to let us know.  We can only help and make a difference if we know there is a problem.   Only then can we try to deal with it appropriately.

We appreciate discussing certain matters face-to-face with an adult can be tricky and uncomfortable so if you feel you cannot talk directly to either your form tutor or head of year please send an email to pastoral@brockington.leics.sch.uk.  This email is checked regularly by members of the pastoral team who will respond to you as soon as possible.

Also, if you would like to report any incidents of bullying, either to yourself or that you have witnessed around the college please fill in the ‘Voice It!’ form below or use the ‘Voice Box’ outside room 018 to let us know. Names are entirely optional!

Voice It!

Please use the box below to report any incidents of bullying, either to yourself or that you have witnessed around the college. The name box on this is optional and you can remain completely anonymous if you wish.

All incidents will be treated seriously and appropriate action will be taken.

If we don’t know, nothing can be done to help you and STOP it!!