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February 9, 2023

Childline contacted twice a day by children seeking help with alcoholic parent

  • Childline has reported being contacted twice a day by children who are seeking support with parental alcohol or drug abuse.
  • NSPCC counsellors delivered 633 sessions to children last year across the UK concerned about substance misuse.
  • One 15-year-old who contacted Childline said, “I am having a hard time at home. My dad is always drunk and gets quite violent”.
  • The figures have been released ahead of Children of Alcoholics week, which begins on Monday.
  • For the full story, go to the Yahoo website.

Yubo launches in-app safety campaign for Safer Internet Day 2023

  • Yubo has partnered with Childnet and Respect Zone to launch two new online safety campaigns.
  • English and French speaking users on Yubo will be encouraged to participate with Safer Internet Day and their in-app swipe campaign for the whole of February.
  • The campaign will share information on online safety best practices and how to share personal experiences on online platforms.
  • Users can also participate in a quiz created by Childnet which is designed to illustrate real life examples of online harassment.
  • To learn more about Yubo, check out our article.
  • For the full story, visit the PR NewsWire website.

Lego group aims to tackle online safety with its Play Smart initiative

  • The Lego Group has launched a new initiative called Play Smart which aims to tackle online safety by providing children with tips and advice.
  • Play Smart aims to empower families and help children stay safe online.
  • Guidance includes information about online bullying and how to manage screen time.
  • To learn more, go to the Brick Fanatics website.

RGU launches project to improve online safety for young people

  • ‘Maddie is online’ is a cartoon animation and storytelling resource being rolled out to schools in Scotland for young people aged 9-12 by Robert Gordon University.
  • It centres around the everyday life of a fictious young person who experiences troubles online.
  • Workshops offered with the animation include information on ethics of online safety and security, ethical hacking and video gaming.
  • The project is funded by the Scottish government.
  • It is hoped the resources will empower children to make safer online decisions.
  • To read more, go to the Scotsman website.

Evidence not needed for short mental health absence says DfE:

  • New guidance from the Department of Education has noted that schools will not need to routinely seek medical evidence to authorise absences relating to mental health issues.
  • A report on the wellbeing of children and young people found the level of probable disorders has remained at
  • The report said there was no need to “routinely” ask for medical evidence to support authorised absences for mental health reasons.
  • However, in cases of prolonged absences it may be appropriate to seek medical evidence so that schools can better assess if a child needs additional support.
  • To learn more, go to the Schools Week website.