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Safeguarding

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council takes its responsibility to safeguard children and adults at risk very seriously.

#BeSafeOnline 'Cyber Safety' Campaign

Being safe online starts with you! 
Being online can be exciting and fun – but some things online can leave you feeling upset, bullied, or even worried. Just remember that good and bad news travels fast online, and you can sometimes find yourself in tricky situations with lasting consequences. 

But what can you do to prevent this? The answer: understand how to share smartly with those you know – and those you don’t.

Everything gets amplified online: good things seem more exciting, bad things seem much worse and can hurt – a lot. A great rule to live by both on and offline, is ‘treat others as you would like to be treated yourself’ and ‘if you wouldn’t want your granny to see it-then don’t post it!’ 

Your privacy and safety are as important online as they are in the real world - and you need to remember that the online world is very real.

So how do you stay safe? Here are some super simple ways:

  • Check your privacy settings
  • Keep personal information private
  • Keep passwords safe
  • Be respectful online – as you would in real life
  • Take care with what you share and think before you post – because it is permanent
  • Never meet up with person that you have only met online or with someone you don’t know 
  • If you see something that upsets you, tell a trusted adult that you feel comfortable sharing difficult or embarrassing things with. 
  • You can also have a positive impact on others and stop bullying in its tracks by refusing to join in.

Staying safe online does start with you - and there are lots of people here to help you.   You can also find out more by clicking on the following links: 

Young people | Childnet
https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/
Internet safety advice and information | Internet Matters

If you are concerned about online grooming or sexual behaviour online:
Contact Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP): www.ceop.police.uk
Or 
If you discover you criminal, sexual or obscene content on the internet you should report it to the Internet Watch Foundation: www.iwf.org.uk

 


Further Information for Adults 

Through a range of devices including smartphones, tablets, and games consoles more children and young people are spending more time online than ever before, meaning cyber safety is more important than ever.

The internet provides our children and young people instant access to all sorts of information and activities such as live streaming, GPS navigation, social media, and games. It is important we make sure our children are safe when using these sophisticated electronic devices whether that be a computer, laptop, games console or smartphone. 

Although children and young people have an advantage with their almost instinctive grasp of technology and are sophisticated in the way they use the social media apps and websites, they are still children, but their lack of life experience puts them at a disadvantage when it comes to security and making safe choices online. 

While websites, gaming, live streaming and social media, like all forms of public communication, come with risks, not all of these risks turn into actual problems. By helping our children understand what some of those risks are, and how they can respond, we can all play a big part in preventing these risks from turning into problems. 

You can find out more about children and their use of websites/social media, the apps used, the risks faced, how to use privacy settings, and advice and tips at: 

Childnet — Online safety for young people
Internet safety advice and information | Internet Matters
Keeping children safe online | NSPCC
Online Safety Guidance (safeguardingni.org)
www.parentzone.org.uk
www.askaboutgames.com 

If you are concerned about online grooming or sexual behaviour online:
Contact Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP): www.ceop.police.uk
Or 
If you discover you criminal, sexual or obscene content on the internet you should report it to the Internet Watch Foundation: www.iwf.org.uk

       


To report a concern about a child contact: 

Southern Health and Social Care Trust: 028 3576 7100 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday) or Freephone from landlines only  0800 783 7745

South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust: 0300 100 0300 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday)

Emergency Social Work Service (Regional): 028 9504 9999 (5pm-9am Monday to Friday, 24 hours Saturday/Sunday/Bank Holidays)

For further information please visit:
Child Protection / Gateway Service | Southern Health & Social Care Trust (hscni.net)
Gateway Service | South Eastern HSC Trust (hscni.net)

Useful Resources:
Children and Young People's Strategic Partnership (CYPSP) Wellness Hub 
Children and Young People's Strategic Partnership (CYSP) Resource Pack 


Safeguarding

Having a dedicated Safeguarding Coordinator highlights the Council's commitment to Safeguarding. 

As part of our ongoing commitment to put all children and adults who may be at risk at the centre of what we do, we continue to support our communities and our staff post pandemic to protect both children and adults from harm.

Through our #BeSafeOnline ‘Cyber Safety’ campaign we aim to raise awareness and understanding for children and young people of how they are at risk while surfing the internet, playing games, live streaming or using social media and how they can respond to those vulnerabilities by adopting some simple cybersecurity measures. We have also provided advice for adults with useful links and information on a range of key online safety topics.  

The latest cyber safety awareness campaign '#BeSafeOnline' has been developed by the Council’s Safeguarding team through partnership working with Southern Health and Social Care Trust, South Eastern Health Social Care Trust and Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council. 

For further information contact Gary Scott, Safeguarding Coordinator.
E: Gary.Scott@nmandd.org 
T: 07776 165 792.

To view our Safeguarding leaflet click here. 

 

 

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