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

#BeSafeOnline 'Cyber Safety' Campaign

Keeping Your Kids Safe Online Starts With You!

As a parent/guardian or carer you play a key role in helping to keep your children to stay safe online.
Children’s use of the internet is becoming more mobile and interactive offering young people more opportunities to interact and meet new people, so it’s never been more important to make sure you are helping your child stay safe in the digital world.

You don’t need to be an expert on the internet or a social media whizz to help keep your kids stay safe online. Our practical advice and downloadable resources are here to support you as you support your kids to navigate the online risks-whether your kids are gaming, chatting, posting or streaming. Here are some top tips you can talk through with your children at anytime: 

  • Don’t share personal information like their phone number or email address online
  • Only talk to real life friends or family if they are on sites with a social media element
  • Explain that people they meet online might not be who they say they are
  • Tell them to be a good online friend and not to say nasty things even if it’s just a joke
  • Use secure and legal sites to download music and games
  • Make sure they check with you before downloading any programs to avoid viruses

Want more help? Check out the extensive resources and Helpline numbers we have collated below including the NSPCC Helpline number.

You will also find helpful information for your children in the ‘Advice for Children and Young People’ section below. 

Lets all play our part and keep our kids safe online. #BeSafeOnline 

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)

If you are concerned about online grooming or sexual behaviour online:
Contact Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP): www.ceop.police.uk
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)

NSPCC Helpline Number: 0808 800 5000

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 

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
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
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


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. 

The NMDDC Safe Place Initiative

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is committed to the principle that Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence is unacceptable behaviour and everyone has the right to live free from fear and abuse.

The Council has been working in partnership with Onus NI on the introduction of the Safe Place Initiative across key Council facilities in the district. The Safe Place Initiative was launched by Onus NI in 2011 and since then over 1700 organisations have registered as a Safe Place. The premise behind the initiative is that it allows any business, organisation, church, school or community group to provide a ‘Safe Place’ where anyone affected by domestic abuse can confidentially access information on the range of support services available to them. 

Details of all fourteen Safe Place locations can be found below and all locations will display the Safe Place logo indicating that information on services for anyone affected by domestic violence and abuse is available at the specific site location.

The Safe Place locations across Newry, Mourne and Down District Council facilities are listed as follows:

1.       Down Leisure Centre, 114 Market Street, Downpatrick BT30 6LZ

2.       Kilkeel Leisure Centre Mourne Esplanade, Newry BT34 4DB

3.       Newcastle Centre Complex 10-14 Central Promenade, Newcastle BT33 0AA

4.       Newry Leisure Centre, 61 Patrick St, Newry BT35 8TR

5.       Bessbrook Community Centre, Mill Road, Newry BT35 7DS

6.       Cloughreagh Community Centre, Millvale Road, Newry BT35 7NH

7.       Newry Town Hall Bank Parade, Newry BT35 6HP

8.       Council Offices, O’Hagan House Monaghan Row, Newry BT35 8DJ

9.       Kilbroney Park, Shore Road, Rostrevor BT34 3AA

10.     Council Offices, Downshire Civic Centre, Ardglass Road, Downpatrick BT30 6GQ

11.     Greenbank Industrial Estate, Unit 19 Greenbank Industrial Estate Rampart Road, Newry BT34 2QU

12.     Crossmaglen Community Centre, Cardinal O'Fiaich Square, Newry BT35 9AA

13.     Warrenpoint Town Hall, Church Street, Warrenpoint BT34 3HN

14.     Ballynahinch Community Centre, 55 Windmill Street, Ballynahinch BT248HB

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