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Invitation to a Free E-Safety Event
Posted On: 30/06/17
Dear Parent / Carer
Here at Joyce Frankland Academy, Newport, we are committed to promoting the safe and responsible use of the internet and as such we feel it is our responsibility to raise the issue of the ever increasing popularity of social media and gaming apps. We understand that it is increasingly difficult to keep up with the ways that young people are using new and ever changing technologies; they are immersed in a society that has become increasingly dependent not only on computers but smart phones, iPads, interactive online games and virtual communities. Whilst we may think that we know what they are ‘up to’ online, do we really know as much as they do?
As young people grow and become more independent, it is only natural that they take this independence online. In their teenage years, young people like to explore, try new things and sometimes push boundaries and take risks; this is a normal part of growing up. With all of the potential that the online world and new technology offers, young people now have access to huge opportunities and whilst many of these opportunities are undoubtedly immensely positive we cannot ignore the fact that at times these new technologies are being used in inappropriate manners, sometimes purposefully but often unknowingly and that this presents an ever increasing risk.
With this in mind, on Thursday 13th July we will be holding a free event for parents to attend led by CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Centre) accredited ambassadors with an Essex Police background, on how to keep safe when online. This workshop will be run by DS John Woodley and DC John Staines, known as ‘The 2 Johns’, and will run from 7pm-9pm at the main hall. We are very grateful to Uttlesford Community Safety Partnership who are fully funding this event for parents/carers of children attending North Uttlesford. Seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so it is advisable to arrive promptly so as to avoid disappointment.
The aim of the session will be to bring parents/carers totally up to date regarding the apps and games young people are using and the many associated dangers should they not be used wisely and/or monitored at home. It will also seek to change parental perspective of what young people's lives look like online and to challenge many of current thought processes considered when trying to keep them safe from today’s hidden harms. In their sessions, the ‘2 Johns’ provide up to date facts and figures using both local and national statistics, some of which will undoubtedly shock those who attend. (Please note that this particular session will for parents/carers only; the ‘2 Johns’ will be returning to the Academy during the next academic year to deliver a more age-appropriate session to students).
For further information about the messages which will be delivered, please do consult their website: www.esafetytraining.org or for the most up to date messages, their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/The2johns They were also featured in a recent Channel 4 News investigation into online dangers: www.channel4.com/news/children-bombarded-with-sexually-explicit-chat-on-musical-ly-and-live-ly
Having recently attended an extremely informative and engaging ‘2 Johns’ workshop aimed at School Safeguarding Leads, I cannot encourage you enough to attend so that you are fully informed about this crucial area of your child’s development.
Lauren C Woods
Assistant Principal: Pastoral Strategy (Acting)