At RGTS, we are committed to ensuring that all our students feel safe and happy and learn how to maintain a healthy mind and overall wellbeing. Through the personal development curriculum and a wide range of opportunities from external agencies, students are encouraged to look after themselves and develop resilient, healthy minds.
As a Greenwich school, all our students have access to Kooth.com - an free online mental health service.
Kooth is a transformational digital mental health support service. It gives children and young people easy access to an online community of peers and a team of experienced counsellors. Access is free of the typical barriers to support: no waiting lists, no thresholds, no cost and complete anonymity. Launched in 2004 and accredited by the BACP, more than 1,500 children and young people across the country login to Kooth every day.
Keeping your child safe online
Following Safer Internet Day 2020, February 11th, here are some useful resources and websites for parents and carers to help keep your children safe online:
What are the age restrictions on social media?
13+ (with parental consent)
NSPCC guide for supporting your child to be safer online:
- Have free and frank discussions - Encourage your child to talk to you about how they use the internet and show you what they do. Discuss with them the kinds of things they might come across. A good time to talk is when they get a new device or mention a new website.
- Manage their devices - Encourage them to use their tech devices in a communal area such as the living room or kitchen and set up a user account for your child. If you think they aren’t old enough to have a mobile phone or tablet, stay firm and explain the reasons why.
- Put yourself in control - Activate parental controls on your home broadband, all devices including mobile phones and games consoles. Safe search settings can also be activated on Google (and other search engines), YouTube and on entertainment sites like iTunes and iPlayer.
- Keep private information private - If your child does have a social networking profile, teach them to block or ignore people and how to set strict privacy settings. Request that you or someone you both trust becomes their ‘friend’ or ‘follower’ to check that conversations and posts are appropriate.
- Check age ratings - The age ratings that come with games, apps, films and social networks are a good guide to whether they’re suitable for your child. For example, the age limit is 13 for several social networking sites including Facebook and Instagram.
- Who are they talking to - ask them about their friends online and how they know they are who they say they are.