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e-Safety & Safeguarding

Do you know what your child is doing when they are using their Computer?

Do you check the sites they are accessing?

Do you believe your child is Safe?

If your answer is “Yes” to all three questions you probably don’t need to read any further. However If any of the questions have sown a small seed of doubt then you will find the following link very useful.

http://www.connectsafely.org

This site provides support to understand what can be done to secure a safe perspective in your child’s use of the web and mobile technology.

There is a very good section on “teen sexting”, unfortunately this is an area that leaves children very vulnerable and as recent statistics have shown there has been an increase in internet grooming and the sharing of inappropriate photographs.

Internet bullying has again been in the news over the Summer and sadly has resulted in another young person taking their own life. If you are aware of your child’s use of technology then you can help to keep them safe. Those who use social media as a tool to hurt others do so because they believe they can get away with it. It is very easy to type the words that you wouldn’t necessarily say to someone’s face.

There is information on the use of Facebook, Google, Instagram and Snapchat. It gives you the procedures to follow when you have any concerns.

If ever in doubt contact the Police immediately. They have a Unit which deals with the inappropriate use of the Internet and mobile phones.

Remember you are not prying, you are keeping your child safe.

Below is a link to a useful guide produced by Durham Children's and Young People's Services


You can contact a member of the Safeguarding Team, details of the designated safeguarding persons are as follows:


Mrs. M. Stubbs (Designated Safeguarding Lead)

Mr. R. Milton

Mrs. D. Wade