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Child Sexual Exploitation
As part of the on-going work on Child Sexual Exploitation in Derbyshire the County Council are asking parents and carers to take a few minutes to take part in this survey .

The authority’s Improvement and Scrutiny People Committee wants to understand people’s awareness and understanding of child sexual exploitation.

A questionnaire is for parents/guardians/grandparents and can be accessed below :

http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/council/have_your_say/consultation_search/Consultation_search_

index/how_the_authority_is_working_to_deter_child_sexual_exploitation.asp

Any questions regarding the consultation be directed to david.rose@derbyshire.gov.uk on 01629 538263.

Online Safety

Are you aware? Does your child have access to these sites?

This article (click here) makes for an interesting and thought provoking read for parents.

Safer Internet Day -Tuesday 9th February 2016

'Play your part for a better internet' 

Follow this link to find the key messages for the Internet Safety Day on Tuesday - Key messages Safer Internet Day 2016

Internetmatters.com have produced an excellent and extensive guide that covers nearly all devices in the home. It explains the features and benefits of the device and what specific content can be restricted.

Dear Parent/Carer 

Tonight (Tuesday 26th January 2016) BBC3 will broadcast a docudrama about the murder of 14-year old Breck Bednar after he was groomed online. The programme ‘Murder Games’ sees Breck's family and friends recount how Breck was manipulated and isolated by Lewis Daynes, then aged 18, over the course of nine months. Breck was ultimately persuaded to meet Daynes in person at his Essex flat. Lewis Daynes was sentenced to life in prison and will serve a minimum of 25 years in custody. Further information about the case can be found here.

Young people are likely to be aware of, and watch this programme, even primary aged children  and they may be worried about the events shown. As a school we do discuss grooming as part of our online safety work.  For older pupils (11+) there is a no-nonsense guide and activities available online through the Think U Know Thinkuknow website also has articles for teenagers about online grooming and gaming, which can be used to encourage young people to think about who they are really talking to online. They highlight the warning signs and provide realistic tips for safe chat as well as where to get help if things go wrong.

Watching the programme will remind all of us that what happened in this tragic case is very rare. However it is very important to have regular, open discussions with your children about what they are doing online, how to recognise risks and what to do if they are worried. It is particularly important to remind children how to report concerns and also to encourage parents and carers to seek support if they are concerned that their child might be being groomed.

You can contact the local police, children's social care department or report directly to CEOPIf a child is at immediate risk the police should be contacted via 999. Concerns can also be discussed with someone directly via the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.

Childnet, UK Safer Internet Centre, Internet Matters and the NSPCC also have excellent advice and resource to use with pupils and also to share with parents/carers.

Another website that is a really useful source of information about how to keep our children safe online can be found at........... 

Common Sense Media helps families make smart media choices. We offer the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music.  Our Parent Concerns and Parent Blog help families understand and navigate the problems and possibilities of raising children in the digital age.

 

Be smart on the internet  

Make sure your understand the importance of staying safe online

 www.kidsmart.org.uk/beingsmart

www.childnet.com/young-people/primary

S   Safe - Keep safe be being careful not to give out personal information - such as your full name, email address, phone number, home address, photos or school name - to people you are chatting with online

M   Meeting - Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents' or carers' permission and even then only when they can be present

A   Accepting- Accepting emails, IM messages or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don't know or trust can lead to problems - they may contain viruses or nasty messages!

R   Reliable - Information you find on the internet may not be true, or someone online may be lying about who they are.

T   Tell - Tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online. You can report online abuse to the police at www.thinkuknow.co.uk

 

We talk to all our children about keeping themselves safe whenever they are online, it is really important that they receive the same messages at home.  If you are a little unsure as to the messsages you might share with your child please have a look at the links below.

1. e-safety tips for parents of primary aged children - please click here and further advice is available here

2. Test your internet safety knowledge here 

3 .Think u know

4. Think u know cyber cafe - click here

It is important that every child in our school has a good level of awareness of being safe online. Please help us to share this message. Thank you.

 

The NSPCC has launched its

Share Aware- Help your child stay safe on social networks campaign

Parents’ concerns about social networking sites that are popular with children are revealed today, as the NSPCC launches its Share Aware campaign to get families talking about socialising safely online.  

 Keeping children safe online is the biggest child protection challenge of this generation. Parents have a vital role to play but social networking sites should also be responding to concerns about children’s safety and privacy. The NSPCC is working with internet companies and the Government to make the internet a safer place for children.

The NSPCC’s Share Aware campaign is aimed at parents of Junior and Secondary age children and features two animations to be shown on prime time TV and digital spaces.  Please visit this link to see more information http://www.nspcc.org.uk/shareaware