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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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