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Safeguarding When Streaming

During lockdown many children and young people have been using a variety of popular streaming apps as a way of having fun, keeping in touch with friends and family and to meet new people. The most popular of these apps being TikTok. The following information is from...

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Talking to children during COVID-19

A lot of children and young people will be feeling very anxious during the COVID-19 lockdown situation. It’s normal for children and young people to feel worried or anxious at the moment. We’ve all experienced sudden changes in our lives and routines – and we’re...

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New Support helpline from the RSACC

The following information has just been received from the RSACC and provides help and support for women and girls who have experienced rape and/or sexual violence. Today marks the launch of our new helpline number which means we have increased our capacity to support...

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Family Media User Plan

Modern media and technology can be fun, informative and a great way to explore, learn, develop and enhance our daily life. However it also comes with its fair share of risks and dangers and sadly all too often it’s used inappropriately with little or no thought of the...

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Parental controls

As we approach school closures, lots of children and young people will have a lot of time on their hands. I have been made aware today that Sony, Microsoft (Xbox) and Nintendo have already reported large increases in users on their platforms and the developers behind...

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Sexual Harassment and young people

Sexual violence and sexual harassment can occur online and offline (both physically and verbally), and are never acceptable. The following information is from Childnet International and offers support to parents, schools and young people. 90% of 16-24 year olds and...

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TikTok new safety features

TikTok has unveiled new family safety features. These will allow parents and carers to link their account, to their child’s and restrict what content they can see, limit or remove private messaging and set time limits on the app. Check out the link below for more...

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Half Term Internet Safety Sessions for Parents/Carers

Parent Internet Safety Sessions at :C the Box, Priestgate Darlington. Tuesday 18th  Feb and Thursday 20th Feb 1pm -2pm. During these sessions parents/carers can find out about parental controls and how to keep their children safe online. All welcome. For more details...

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Random Video Chat apps

Darlington Early Help Team have had a number of reports lately about primary aged children using random video chat apps that allow users to video chat with strangers. In all of these cases children have been chatting to adult males who ask for personal information and...

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County Lines Update

Criminal exploitation known as ‘county lines‘ is where gangs and organised crime networks exploit children to sell drugs. Often these children are made to travel across counties, and they use dedicated mobile phone ‘lines’ to supply drugs. Children as young as 12 are...

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