Safeguarding Resources

Please find on this page an evolving library of resources that you can use to keep safe. 

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The NSPCC is launching a dedicated helpline for children and young people who have experienced sexual harassment or abuse at school, and for worried adults and professionals that need support and guidance.

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WhatsApp remains one of the most popular social media messaging services even after ten years of being on the scene, with nearly two billion users worldwide. Though they’ve clearly found a formula for success, they are continuing to develop and expand WhatsApp, including three new features expected to launch or move into testing very soon. Our online safety experts have taken a look at these future features before their release to let you know what’s up with the changes.

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Prevent is about working together to safeguard and support those vulnerable to radicalisation.

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How to Develop Healthy Habits on Screen Time

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What you need to know about child criminal exploitation

The National Crime Agency reports that 88% of police forces in England and Wales have an established or emerging County Lines problem in their area. County lines is the term used by police to describe this activity. This article tells you more about the so-called ‘county lines’ phenomenon, how you can recognise the signs and what you can do if you are concerned.

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Prevent is about working together to safeguard and support those vulnerable to radicalisation.

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We have previously raised concerns about the dangers of self-generated sexual imagery created by children and young people. It can be scary and confusing for children and young people, especially if they lose control of any images. Here, we help define this issue and give you some top tips on supporting children and young people by keeping control of images.

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Published: 24 June 2021

It’s Pride Month in the UK, which marks the celebration of and focus on LGBTQ+ communities. While this is a time to celebrate, it is also an important time to shed light on the difficult everyday situations many LGBTQ+ young people find themselves in, especially during the ongoing pandemic. Understanding the context of the lives of young LGBTQ+ people and the lived experience of children and young people in our care means we can better understand and support them.

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Look At Me – Teens, Sexting and Risks Report

Highlighting the digital relationships today for young people, this report provides insight into who shares nudes and why. It goes on to explore an ecology of related risks sharers encounter.

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⚠️ Safeguarding Alert – Dangerous Chat Rooms ⚠️

Following recurring press reports about the dangers of Omegle we are sharing an updated safeguarding alert to make you aware of a likely increase in interest on this platform.

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Supporting Young People Online

The internet is an amazing resource that enables children and young people to connect, communicate and be creative in a number of different ways, on a range of devices. However, the internet is always changing, and being able to keep up to date with your children’s use of technology can be a challenge. You may sometimes feel that your child has better technical skills than you do, however, children and young people still need advice and protection when it comes to managing their lives online.

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Safer Internet Day 2021 Top TipsSupporting Young People Online

Make the most out of your time online by taking a look at these top tips this Safer Internet Day. From double-checking information to questioning the source, these top tips look at all the things that you should be free to be online.

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County Lines Information from Northumbria Police

County lines is a major threat to young people and vulnerable adults throughout England, Scotland, and Wales, which is expanding and progressing at a fast pace. With a growing number of County Lines operating throughout England and Wales putting thousands of young people and vulnerable adults at risk.

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Top E-safety Tips to Staying Safe Online Guide

For parents and families, and for anyone working with children and young people, it’s not easy to keep up with what’s going on.

With a huge increase in device ownership and use of online services, it is important to ensure that you and your children are safe when enjoying the potential of technology.

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TikTok Information and Guidance

The TikTok family pairing feature allows parents to link their accounts to their children’s. Find out what features are available and how it can help keep young people safe on social media

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⚠️ Safeguarding Alert – Avakin Life ⚠️

We have been alerted to the risk of potential grooming and abuse on the Avakin Life platform by members of our network.  

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⚠️ Harmful Viral Content Warning ⚠️

We’re sharing urgent concerns about conversations happening online on TikTok about a movie being discussed on social media and shared on YouTube 

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PlayStation 5 Parent and Carer Guide

The PS5 sold out within hours of its release last week. It’s been hotly anticipated throughout the year. But what makes it different? How can parents set it up safely? And what should they consider? Find out with this guide.

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Urgent Information for Families

Information for Families – How not to be a ‘Screen Zombie’

Please click for helpful information provided by NOS. 

Online Safety Alert

Please be aware of a new app called

‘Doki Doki’.

On the surface this looks like it is a Japanese Anime colouring app, however, it makes regular reference to suicide and self-harm.

Information for Families about ‘ZOOM’

Use of video conferencing services such as ‘Zoom’ has increased greatly in recent times, please click for helpful information provided by NOS. 

14 Ways to be Kind Online

Suggestions from NOS on creating a kinder online experience. 

URGENT MESSAGE FOR NINTENDO SWITCH USERS

Nintendo Switch users are being prompted to secure their accounts following reports of hacking and fraud. Click the image or the link above to access this important message from ineqe.com

Net Aware

Click the thumbnail or the link above to access a guide to social networks, apps, and games from net-aware.org.uk

Internet Matters

Click the thumbnail or the link above to access ‘Supporting Families Online’ from internetmatters.org 

UK Safer Internet Centre

Click the thumbnail or the link above to access Tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep your child safe online from saferinternet.org.uk

NSPCC

Click the thumbnail or the link above to access online safety resources from nspcc.org.uk

Parent-Guardian Online Radicalisation Information and Support Sheet

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NOS Omegle Information Sheet

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House Party Information Sheet

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Learn more about TikTok

Please find below: information, links and a video exploring the social networking service ‘TikTok’. The information is provided by INEQE Safeguarding Group.

TikTok is soaring in popularity, with over 1.5 billion downloads across 155 different countries.

To help you support the children and young people in your care, we have made a short video overview of TikTok’s digital wellbeing tools.

 

INEQE Safeguarding Group provide other resources that could help everyone stay as safe as possible whilst using TikTok:

National Online Safety

Direct links to resources from this website can be found below.

Safe Internet

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