Important Notice

Safeguarding Notice

Dear Parent and Guardian

As part of the schools safeguarding policies we work closely with local partners to ensure that we continue to use best practice.  One of our key partners is the West Yorkshire Police department.  This Christmas they have developed a parent guide to help keep your children safe online.  This parent guide is part of the ‘who are you really talking to?’ campaign.

Please read the advice from the West Yorkshire police, detailed below:

Parents and guardians buying web-enabled devices such as smart phones, laptops and games consoles for teenagers this Christmas are being urged to enable security settings to help protect them online.

As part of the ongoing ‘Who are you really talking to’ campaign, West Yorkshire Police has produced a number of easy to read guides for different social media applications and gaming consoles explaining how to set privacy levels and restrict access to information.

Detective Chief Inspector Sue Jenkinson said: “We are sure that under Christmas trees across West Yorkshire this year there will be gift wrapped smart phones, games consoles and laptops which teenage boys and girls are raring to get their hands on. While these can be a great way of keeping in touch with friends and family, it is also possible for strangers who could be pretending to be someone else to communicate with children via these devices.

“If you are giving a web-enabled device as a present this Christmas, we would suggest checking our online guides to restrict who is able to see pictures and personal information on social media applications and gaming consoles. Most of us will remember the ‘Don’t Talk to Strangers’ campaigns, but this is just as relevant online and parents and guardians have a role to play in activating privacy settings and making sure teenagers are aware of what they can do to protect themselves online.”

The guides and more information about the ‘Child Sexual Exploitation – Know the Signs’ campaign are available on the West Yorkshire Police website at: www.westyorkshire.police.uk/cse/onlineguides


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