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News In Focus “Sexting & Cyber Safety” Air Date: Thursday 17th November 6-7pm with Matt Freeman

16th November 2016
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News In Focus “Sexting & Cyber Safety” Air Date: Thursday 17th November 6-7pm with Matt Freeman

This week’s News In Focus takes an in-depth look at Cyber Safety and the growing issues surrounding “Sexting” amongst teenagers.

As part of National “Anti-Bullying Week” News In Focus explores what schools in our area are doing to combat bullying relating to sexting, which has become a growing problem over the last five years with the development in technology and instant messaging applications for smart phones and tablets.

The program also features a look at how schools in our area are working to better educate pupils on the dangers of sexting, such as sexual exploitation and grooming – and discovers how teachers from our region, recently became the first in the country, to receive special safeguarding training on the issue.

Sutton Community Academy were one of the many schools who benefitted from the training, and vice principal Dave Mackey said “It was very worthwhile for the school and the safeguarding team, it was important that we were up to date. What we try and do with our students is making sure the parents and carers are aware it’s happening. We hold year meetings and it’s taught throughout the curriculum in various subjects”

The Academy will also participate in a dragons den style competition, which aims to get students more aware of the dangers of cyber bullying. Nottinghamshire Police & Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping is behind the idea “It’s the eighth year in a row (the competition has run) and all the Ashfield Schools are taking part, we’ve been chatting to them about what they think is important and for people who are around the age of 14, actually being confident about themselves, being secure in their own skin, really is important because people face a lot of bullying online – so that’s what we’re focussing on this year”  

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