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Warning from Durham Constabulary

This is a general reminder to pupils and parents to be cautious of any unknown persons contacting them through Social Media via direct messages. If they do not know the person then block them immediately. This is a reminder with the upcoming Christmas Holidays when...

‘Strip Fortnite’

'Strip Fortnite’ is the latest trend which involves people taking their clothes off in front of their webcams for every "kill" achieved whilst playing the game Fortnite. We are highly concerned about the number of young people taking part as they are at risk of being...


The date collected by Darlington authority this year shows that the use of Twitch is growing in young people aged 9 – 11 using Twitch, as with any app, game of social network there are some concerns so here is further information for you to use and share. Twitch – is...

MoMo Game Information

Just a quick update on this game, to support parents and carers helping their children stay safe online, we know from our most recent healthy Lifestyle Survey data that the use of the internet and online gaming has grown again for primary aged children and continues...


Omegle - is a free online chat and video chat website that allows users to socialize with others without the need to register. The service randomly pairs users in one-on-one chat sessions where they chat anonymously. Users must be aged 13 years plus and any one aged...

EE Online Safety Campaign

STAY SAFE ONLINE WITH EE AND INTERNET MATTERS       Taking a stand against cyberbullying EE are proud to partner with Internet Matters, an organisation set up to help keep children safe online. The "Stop Speak Support" campaign aims to help young people spot...

Secret calculator% app

You may have seen this app in the news again recently, the calculator% app that is used to hide videos and photographs. Private Photos (Calculator%) lets kids keep things hidden from their parents with a cunning design that hides it as a calculator. And what's worse?...

FORTNITE Parent/Carer Guide

I am sure you are all aware of FORTNITE, one of the biggest games currently being played, talked about in the media, on TV and in the news. Here is a link which takes you to a parent / carer guide, found by one of the media team it at least gives parents/carers an...

Minecraft Parent Guidance

Minecraft is played by millions of children around the world, who can use their imagination to build three-dimensional worlds with virtual building blocks in a digital, pixelated landscape. The risks that parents need to be aware of with this game include...

Options for reporting or talking through online problems:


The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. It is part of UK policing and very much about tracking and bringing offenders to account either directly or in partnership with local and international forces. Anybody with concerns that a pupil is being groomed or sexually exploited, including involvement in Sexting should contact them directly using the link below. I would strongly recommend that if possible you also contact Mr Lindsay or any member of the Safeguarding team here at Hurworth as we may need to make additional referrals to Children’s Services.

Childline Instant Help

The link provided below will take you to the Childline website where you can click the explore button to find out more about topics such as Cyber Bullying and Online and Mobile Safety. More importantly if you click on the 1 to 1 Chat Online link you can contact a Childline counsellor in a 1 to 1 online chat (like instant messenger) about any online problems. Childline state that no problem is too big or too small.


Here you can find the latest information on websites, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. If you look after young people there’s an area for you too with resources you can use at home or just to get yourself up to speed with the latest developments. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online.

Internet Watch Foundation

If you have inadvertently stumbled across potentially illegal online content, specifically images of child sexual abuse, criminally obscene material or anything that incites racial hatred then please submit a report to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). The IWF works in partnership with the police, government, the online industry and the public to combat this type of material and you are helping to make the internet safer for all by taking this action.

Options for finding information about online safety guidance:

All the websites listed above have both reporting tools and sections of information and advice relating to e-safety. In addition to these you may find the following useful:


The Twitter feed from the CEOP website has many tweets with up to date information about online safety. It covers the type of current activity taking place not only across the UK but also specifically what is happening regionally.

Get Safe Online

Get Safe Online is the UK’s leading source of unbiased, factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety.