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  • Website links
    Maldon Community Coronavirus Response - 01621 851997 The helpline remains open between 10am-2pm Mon-Fri for anyone to contact for help with food supplies, medicines or accessing services. The response team is able to provide food parcels for people who cannot get out to shop whether this be due to shielding or as a result of a positive test or a requirement to self-isolate. Up to 2 weeks’ food can be provided as required. Essential Living Fund Please find attached a flyer about emergency support available from the Essential Living Fund (ELF) to people hit by the pandemic. The ELF is receiving extra funding from the Covid Winter Grant Scheme to help people living in Essex with energy and water bills, food and other essential household items. Essential Livining Fund - Leaflet Mental Health support for adults Mental Health Support for Children and Young People Mental Health Support Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service The Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (EWMHS) provides advice and support to children, young people and families who are in need of support with their emotional wellbeing or mental health difficulties. Anna Freud Gives advice and guidance for Parents and carers to help them support a child or young person experiencing mental ill health or wellbeing. Apps Kooth - online mental wellbeing community Shout MeeTwo - Helps you talk about difficult things Chat health - talk to school nurse Young people can contact Chat Health on 07520 615732. Eating Disorders Beat Peer Support Leaflet Bullying LGBT Family Wellbeing and Support for families Support for single parents Other useful websites Online safety Breck Foundation Charity - Online safety advice for parents The Two Johns Internet safety advice Whatever you're going through, we encourage you to make positive choices. Children Society do work around healthy relationships, they can help increase your confidence, develop life skills and build your emotional resilience. If you would like to know more about them or you are concerned about a child or young adult in Essex, you can email or call them on 01245 493311. Domestic abuse Next Chapter - Domestic Violence Support In addition to supporting parents and children under 14 year of age, The Next Chapter now have a team of Young Persons Violence Advisors (YPVA) dedicated to Young People aged 14 -19, who are a victim domestic abuse or are living within a family affected by domestic abuse. Referrals can be made by agencies working with the young person or the young person can self-refer. The Next Chapter - Leaflet Compass is the single point of access helpline to support victims of domestic abuse across Essex. Train and Track safety Educating children how to be safe on the railways.
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    eSafety Training 'The 2 Johns' Chelmsford Wellbeing Group Youth Service - Holiday Acativites and Food Community Storage Flyer Plume Academy Safeguarding Team is pleased to advise that the Children Society are offering online sessions and activities. These range from self-care, online safety, building relationships, and drug and alcohol awareness to quizzes, dance parties and fun activities to do at home. Details of how to book these sessions can be found by clicking the link below. These sessions do change so contact the Children Society to find out the latest available sessions. All the links include activities that can benefit our children and Young People. First Aid for Children Child Safety Childnet Essex Activities half term Essex Youth A number of fun and exciting online activities for young people aged 13-19 years Grow your own gardening course in Maldon District Self Care Activities Self care is about the things we can do to look after our own mental health. Strategies are being shared to help young people with their own mental well being Childline Support for parents and young people and online tools and activities Interactive Free Courses for Parents and Carers. These courses cover anxiety, building resilience mindfulness and emotional wellbeing to list a few.
  • Parents and Carers
    Prevent Guide to protecting children from online hate, extremism and fake news
  • Recent Communication
    E-Safety and Online Support letter
  • Safeguarding documents
    E-safety Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022 Anti-Bullying Policy 2021 Child Protection 2021 Behaviour Policy Relationships and Sexual Health Relationships Young People Rights On Social Media Mental health/Emotional well-being Sexual exploitation/Drugs/Gangs and County Lines Child protection policy COVID-19 addendum E-safety Letter Online Safety Resources Online Safety Advice Online Safety Tips Parents and carers to keep children safe online Harmful Sexual Behaviour / Peer on Peer Abuse Policy
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What is Online Safety?

It is essential that children are safeguarded from potentially harmful and inappropriate online material and behaviours. An effective approach to online safety enables educational settings to empower, protect and educate learners and staff in their use of technology and establishes mechanisms to identify, intervene in, and escalate any concerns where appropriate.

The breadth of issues classified within online safety is considerable, but can be categorised into four areas of risk:

  • content: being exposed to illegal, inappropriate, or harmful content. For example, pornography, fake news, racism, misogyny, self-harm, suicide, anti-Semitism, radicalisation, and extremism.

  • contact: being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users. For example, peer to peer pressure, commercial advertising and adults posing as children with the intention to groom or exploit them for sexual, criminal, financial or other purposes.

  • conduct: personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm. For example, making, sending, and receiving explicit images (e.g consensual and non-consensual sharing of nude and semi-nude images or videos) and/or pornography or other explicit images and online bullying.

  • commerce - risks such as online gambling, inappropriate advertising, phishing and or financial scams.


Who is your child talking to online?

Have you asked if your child knows everyone they communicate with online?​

You may like to talk to them about who they accept as contacts and the concerns about sharing information with strangers.  Have they met everyone that they are friends with on Facebook or chat to on Xbox live?

Remind your children not to give personal details out online and tell them to think twice before accepting friend requests from someone that they haven’t met.

The best way to keep your whole family safe online is to engage with your child’s digital life and regularly talk to them about staying safe online.

Below are five “conversation starters”:

  1. Ask your child to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.

  2. Ask your child to tell you how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What do they feel is okay and not okay to share?

  3. Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.

  4. Encourage your child to do a ‘good digital deed’ to help others. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend that would benefit from their help and support.

  5. Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy yourselves online?


The internet, whether accessed from a computer, mobile phone, or other device, has become part of modern family life. It is used to buy and sell goods, online banking, finding information and socialising. It can also have a darker side with cybercrime, peer on peer abuse, inappropriate material and illegal activity taking place online, effecting both adults and children.


Technology offers immensely exciting benefits and opportunities for everyone, but it can also expose children and adults to inappropriate and criminal behaviour if they are unaware of the dangers, such as:


  • Copying information from the Internet or buying work from other people to use as their own

  • Not considering the reliability of material online is it accurate and reliable?

  • Viewing pages or content which may be unsuitable such as hate material, adult content, sites that promote unhealthy behaviour or attitudes etc

  • Giving out too much personal information to people or websites online, e.g. name, school, contact information

  • Becoming involved in or being the victim of bullying, identity theft, or making and sending indecent or even illegal images

  • Arranging to meet an online 'friend' or sharing content without thinking about consequences and dangers.


Don't Panic

Talk to your child and ask them to show you, or even teach you, how they use the internet and the computer, learn which websites or tools they like to use and why.


  • Make sure you know what your children are doing online much like you would in "real" life such as what sites they visit and who they talk to? Ensure they know not to share personal information that could identify them in the offline world with anyone online.

  • Be clear about not sharing information online such as names, schools, phone numbers, email addresses, photos of themselves, with ANY online friends. Have clear rules about making and meeting with online friends safely.

  • Talk to your child about the risks of downloading files from unknown or potentially illegal sources (such as peer to peer and file sharing sites) or copying information from sites.

  • Wherever possible, locate your computer in a family area and supervise younger children. Always supervise the use of webcams in your home.

  • Filter unsuitable sites so that they cannot be seen or used by your children.

  • Be aware that some devices, such as mobile phones and handheld games consoles, are also able to access the internet and bypass filtering. Consider putting parental controls in place either by contacting your mobile phone provider or from the console/device's settings directly to restrict content and access.

  • Always ensure your child knows how to block or report another user who may be sending nasty or inappropriate messages or content. Make sure you child knows to tell an adult they trust if they see something online that makes them feel scared, worried, or uncomfortable. If your child receives any abusive messages keep them for evidence purposes to show to the academy or police.

  • Be realistic - banning the internet will not work - children use computers and games consoles at friends' houses and at the academy so education around its safe use is essential.

In the home

Children spend lots of time using the Internet at the academy, at friends' houses, on a mobile phone, via a games console or at home. They might visit social networking sites like Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook, use instant messaging such as MSN or direct messages on social media sites to chat to friends or play on online gaming sites. These are often blocked on the academy computers but are very popular with children.


You can buy special filtering and blocking software to protect your children, and most internet browser software has some filters and security in place. Filtering software lets parents choose what is suitable for their children to look at, but parents must be aware that this software is not always 100% effective.


If you keep your PC 'anti-virus' security up to date you should not have problems with most threats from the Internet or from downloaded email attachments. The popular browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox also let you control or block things such as unwanted pop-up advertisements and "cookies" (cookies - this is when a website downloads a small file to your PC to remember your name or login details). Parents must be aware that anti-virus software is not always 100% effective.

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