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North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership E-Bulletin February 2023

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Welcome to the February 2023 NYSCP e-bulletin

January is always a long month, but at last we have reached February and spring is only a few weeks away. With the days beginning to get longer there is now light at the end of the winter tunnel!

Starting this month we have slightly changed the e-bulletin to theme some of the items around national and local events on the calendar of activity which is a list of events shared between the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership, Safeguarding Adults Board and the Community Safety Partnership.  This month’s theme links to Safer Internet Day on 7 February 2023.  In this month’s edition you will find information including whether you should use online platforms, how to keep children safe on smart devices, reporting online images of a child and the Online Safety Bill

On 1 February 2023 we will be hosting the February Masterclass, this time with North Yorkshire Horizons discussing the Drink Drug Hub.  This session will be recorded so if you haven’t booked your place you will be able to access the masterclass from our YouTube channel – just don’t forget to subscribe to our channel and hit the bell icon to be notified of future videos.

Haydn Rees Jones

Policy and Development Officer

North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership


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Should your organisation use online platforms?

Online platforms can have many benefits when working with children and families, however they do come with risks. This NSPCC blog looks at the main considerations when using online platforms.

For more information visit the NSPCC Website

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Online Safety Bill

The NSPCC has published a news story revealing public opinion on Online Safety Bill measures. A YouGov survey of 2,031 adults in the UK found that 81% agree that social media companies should appoint a senior tech manager who is legally responsible for stopping children being harmed by their site.

For more information visit the NSPCC website

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The ‘Game’ On Roblox

Recent reports have surfaced of a self-harm ‘game’ currently being shared through popular gaming platform, Roblox. inEQE’s online safety team have identified that re-sharing on social media is currently the greatest risk this ‘game’ poses. Their Safeguarding Update discusses this game in more detail and how you can keep the young people in your care safe.

For more information visit the inEQE website

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Safer Internet Day

Over the years, Safer Internet Day (SID) has become a landmark event in the online safety calendar. Starting as an initiative of the EU SafeBorders project in 2004 and taken up by the Insafe network as one of its earliest actions in 2005, Safer Internet Day has grown beyond its traditional geographic zone and is now celebrated in approximately 180 countries and territories worldwide.

To find out more about Safer Internet Day, gain access to resources and how you can get involved visit the Safer Internet Day website

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Keeping Children Safe on Smart Devices

Playing video games is an activity which many children and adults enjoy and can provide experiences that families can share. Many parents may feel assured that their children are not at risk of harm because they are at home enjoying playing games, but this may not necessarily be the case.

Parents you may feel that they are not technically minded and don’t fully understand the dangers or how to protect their children. Banning children from using technology may feel an effective way of preventing the problem, but this can put them at a disadvantage from an educational point of view and potentially socially isolate your child(ren) from their friends.

For more information visit the NYSCP website

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Online safety

Ofcom is calling for evidence on risks of harms to children online and how they can be mitigated ahead of its new role as the UK’s online safety regulator. Ofsted would like to hear from individuals with an expertise in protecting children online, and providers of online services. The call for evidence closes on 21 March 2023.

For more information visit the Ofcom website

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Reporting online images of a child

If you become aware that a child has shared nude images of themselves online, it is important to know how to approach the situation and what can be done to get the image removed.

For more information visit the NYSCP website

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If someone close to you gambles, Just ‘B’ can give you the emotional support you need

Just ‘B’ is offering a new service to help families affected by someone who gambles.

For more information visit the NYSCP website

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