Child Protection & Online Safety
I am strongly committed to safeguarding and have attended regular training on child protection and online safety throughout my career. I have been in possession of an up-to-date full DBS (formerly CRB) disclosure since I began teacher-training in 1999.
Zoom enables screen-sharing, which means that I can show presentations, past papers, quizzes and other resources to your child. It does not, however, grant me access to or control over your machine. Unless you advise me otherwise, I will always invite you to the Zoom meeting along with your child (via your email address), which means that you can join the meeting and check on us at any time. Alternatively, you are welcome to record sessions at your end so that you can view them at a later date; I will never record sessions myself, but I am happy to advise you on how to do so.
Following a huge increase in Zoom's usage for educational purposes during the Covid 19 crisis, there has been some recent anxiety on social media re. its safety. The package works on secure, encrypted meetings and the only way that an unsolicited third party can join our session is if the link to that meeting is shared online. Rest assured that all of my tutoring sessions begin with a fresh, unique meeting link which I will share with you directly via email just a minute or so before the session is due to start. Even in the extremely unlikely event that someone else got hold of the link, I make use of the "waiting room" feature, which allows me as the host to vet every individual before they join the meeting; this feature prevents any risk of the meeting being hacked into by unsolicited parties.
Any data that I hold on you is password protected and will be destroyed on request. The laptop that I work on is protected by a high-security pass code and all individual files containing personal information are individually password-protected. I keep no physical records of your details. I will not share your data with anyone else except at your own request, for example if you would like me to put you in touch with another tutor.
In accordance with the law, I am registered with the ICO as a data controller. I have also completed online training in this field.