All of our non-teaching staff and Vietnamese teachers and TAs have received Child Protection training as I reported two weeks ago. Our expat teachers will be undergoing online Child Protection training in October.
But it is equally important that we conduct training and procedures with the children in regard to online safety in their use of the internet and social media sites. The use of social media is huge in Vietnam and South East Asia and is a growing phenomenon. We neither want the children to be naive, frightened or at risk from their activities. In school, we have robust safety procedures surrounding access to the Internet and Mr Christopher Dale, our ICT teacher conducts regular teaching session around this area of technology and access, through his ICT lessons. It is very much our intention to cover this area with parents too and details will be forthcoming soon about a Parent Information session on Online Safety.
Equally, we want to be there for the children to assist in the case of their feeling troubled or anxious, angry or upset. Parents and visitors to the school will be seeing these posters appearing around the campus so that all children within the school know to whom they can go to talk about any issues that they might have – someone they trust and who respects them and their feelings.
Mr Mark Sayer - Principal of BVIS Hanoi