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Parental Controls

As we approach school closures, lots of children and young people with time on their hands. Sony, Microsoft (Xbox) and Nintendo have already reported large increase in users on their platforms and the developers behind Fortnite have reported a large spike in users....

YouTube updates

YouTube after a long time of promising to improve online safety are making changes. The biggest change being that channels have to categorise their content for young people or not. Content for young people will not have comments enabled or the like/dislike function....

Online safety after Santa has been

With lots of additional consoles and devices bought over the Christmas period, we wanted to revisit how to stay safe online. Loot boxes are in many cases treated as a form of gambling and as such the Royal Society for Public Health has issued guidance (see attached)....

Social pressures linked to appearance

Children often want to portray the ‘best version’ of themselves online. They look for inspiration from others; from friends, family, social media influencers, celebrities and others. But do they appreciate that what they see isn’t always true? Are they aiming to...

The Dark Web

What is the Dark Web? The dark web is the name given to websites that cannot be accessed on the open internet or searched for through traditional browsers or search engines such as Google. The Dark Web websites are encrypted and can only be accessed using specific...

Sad Fishing

‘Sadshing’ is described as a behavioural trend where people make exaggerated claims about their emotional problems to generate sympathy and attention. The term was created at the beginning of the year by a blogger using the term to describe certain celebrities who...

https://www.internetmatters.org/resources/online-gaming-advice/

 www.darlington.gov.uk/DISP

Options for reporting or talking through online problems:

CEOP

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.

www.ceop.police.uk

www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre

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.

www.childline.org.uk

ThinkUKnow

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.

www.thinkyouknow.co.uk

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.

www.iwf.org.uk

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:

Twitter

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.

twitter.com/ceopuk

Get Safe Online

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

www.getsafeonline.org