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The Parents’ Guide to Teaching your Teen Online Safety.

Here's the full guide for your reference:



 Please see the leaflet below from Northumberland Police regarding TikTok guidance. 


Squid Game (Netflix)

There has been a lot of media reports this week about Netflix's Squid Game. This is currently the most watched show in 90 countries and nearly all episodes of the '15' rated show contain violent and gruesome scenes. The Safeguarding Partnership has received some important information around the potential risks posed to children and young people from this show and some top tips to keeping children and young people safe. In addition,  the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP) have produced some information for parents / carers.


In addition there is further information about managing specific websites and challenges from here:

More information from CEOP:


The below link takes you to a guide which offers lots of valuable information such as how technology use has changed over the years and the impact of COVID-19 on screen time use and digital behaviours. This guide gives us a better understanding of on-screen addictions and how our devices affect our brains and change our behaviours. It even provides helpful tips and useful advice for tackling device addiction, managing gadgets and internet use, and creating healthier digital habits. 


The app 'Frog' has been brought to our attention, it should be strongly discouraged for primary aged students as it is a 15+ rating. Common Sense Media has a good overview explaining why it is inapproriate.



Now that we are learning remotely for the coming weeks, we recognise that this may create some challenges in terms of children and their electronic devices. There are a few websites below which may help parents and carers with topics  such as deciding whether materials are appropriate and filtering broadband. 


Information on Parental Controls:


Filtering guidance for home broadband:


Privacy and Safety Checklists - a new booklet that has recently been launched in relation to Netflix:


Common Sense Media - helps parents decide if programmes etc. are appropriate:


Vodaphone Digital Parenting Magazine:


In the last few days we have become aware of two safeguarding concerns.  We don't want to hype them up, but we have been assured that they are real by Northumbria Police and E Safe, but are not currently triggering alerts.  We would suggest that rather than bring attention to them and then driving people to "have a look" you issue a general e safety post at an appropriate time to parents and just be on the alert for any mentions or such like.
The first is a video that is reported to be going viral on Tik Tok called "Megan is Missing".  It was first made in 2011 and depicts a fake kidnapping in gory and traumatic detail.  If you want to know more about the original film here is the wikepedia entry 
Our advice would be to put a general message out to parents that sometimes there are films and clips on the internet that are nasty and traumatic.  If students have seen anything on social media or the internet that upsets them put at the end  "If anyone is affected by what they’ve seen please speak to…..”.  You might also like to direct parents to the section on our website with videos to support keeping your family safe online.
The second is called "Cunch-line Chronicles" and is quite frankly a cheaply made and crude looking app game.  It is a PEGI 18+ and involves a drug dealer running away from a pursuing officer (who eventually catches them).  More information can be found here
Our advice would be to again put out a general message out to parents to remind them that the PEGI ratings are an indication of age related content and that even though a game looks fun if it has an 18 rating it should not be played by young people under that age.  For more advice on online gaming go to  or
The release of the Playstation 5 has also generated some safety issues.  I've attached a leaflet from  National Online Safety if you want to put it on your website.
You may remember that there is the offer from National Online Safety to have free access to all of their resources and training hub.  If you would like me to pass on your contact details to have a school account set up please just reply to this e mail by tomorrow lunchtime.  The offer is there because they are partners with Smoothwall who filter your internet access.  

Please see the following information from Northumbria Police. It is paramount that you are aware of what your child is doing online. Please be vigilant and regularly check their activity.

Northumbria Police Autumn Newsletter

Checklist for Apps
If you are a parent or carer, we hope you will find the web links below useful.

E-Safety Fact Sheet for Parents

Do You Really Know Who Your Children Are Talking to Online?

A Parent Guide to Facebook

This is an E-Safety PowerPoint



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John 10:10

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