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Keeping Children Safe

Momo

Momo is a sinister 'challenge' that has been around for some time on the internet.  It has recently resurfaced and has come to the attention of schools, parents and children across the country.  Dubbed the 'suicide killer game', Momo has been linked with apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube and YouTube Kids.  The scary looking doll-like figure purportedly sends graphic, violent images and asks users to partake in dangerous challenges such as waking up at random hours and has been associated with self-harm.  The Momo figure itself is actually a sculpture featured in an art gallery in Tokyo and completely unrelated to the 'Momo challenge' featured in the media.

A Comprehensive Cyberbullying Guide for Parents

Please see the attached link with regards to cyberbulling and a guide for parents/carers.  The link provides valuable information regarding trends and statistics, the signs of cyberbulling and what to do if your child is being cyber bullied.

https://www.wizcase.com/blog/a-comprehensive-cyberbullying-guide-for-parents/

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Internet Safety Tips From Special Needs Jungle

"The internet is a big and scary place, and that’s just for the grown-ups. While we think our kids may have it licked because they know all the memes and cool terms, they are still kids and can lack the experience and the discernment to know when something may put their privacy or safety at risk, especially if they have learning disabilities or are especially naïve."

Special Needs Jungle have some valuable information on their web pages for parents and carers and young people to consider how best to keep safe whilst using the internet.  Please click on the attached link for further details https://www.specialneedsjungle.com/interweb-safety-day-stuff-dont-know-parents/

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Child safety on-line - Using Social Media

Please see the document below for some useful guidance for parents/carers whose children may be using social media.

Keeping Children/Young People Safe On-line

There is a great deal of valuable information available from the Lucy Faithfull Foundation giving advice to parents/carers of children/young people who have got in to trouble on-line. The site has a wealth of advice which you may find useful.  Please use the attached link to the Lucy Faithfull Foundation and their sister site Parents Protect website, for further details.

http://www.lucyfaithfull.org.uk/home.htm

https://www.parentsprotect.co.uk/

 

Children in and around cars

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) began looking into the safety of children in and around cars after a toddler was tragically killed having been struck by a car on a driveway in 2007.  They acknowledge that "Every parent knows that it is impossible to keep an eye on young children every second of the day.  Youngsters want to explore and try things out, without understandnig potential dangers."  

As part of the RoSPA and Iain's Trust research, their report concluded with the  advice:

  • Never leave children alone in a car
  • Make absolutely sure there are no children in the driveway or road before moving your car
  • Always keep your car locked when parking outside your house
  • Discourage children from playing in the driving seat - a car is not a toy
  • Always keep your car keys in a safe place - consider fitting a keybox with a combination lock
  • Check if your car has a feature to prevent accidental starting and look for this when you replace your car.

Please see attached the leaflets which deliver vital safety information. 

Childline

ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19.  You can contact a ChildLine counsellor about anything, no problem is too big or too small.  

There is some really useful information on the website and you can access the site by using the following link.

https://www.childline.org.uk/Pages/Home.aspx 

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Child Protection

If you have any queries regarding safety either online, around the house or out and about then please do not hesitate to contact our family support workers at the Main Site.  Should you wish to discuss child protection you may do so by contacting on of our designated child protection officers at the Main Site.  Both may be reached on 0113 386 2450.

Our safeguarding and child protection policy is provided here and in the policies and procedures page of the website.

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