Keep Safe is a community scheme open to vulnerable people in Essex who may find themselves anxious or in trouble when they are out in a town centre or high street. By accessing a shop, library or business showing the Keep Safe sign, they can get safe access to a telephone to call a nominated trusted contact for help.

Effective principles of studying.

The article covers a wide range of topics, written in plain English for ease of understanding, including the most effective ways of studying; conditions that may prevent a child from studying; what parents could do to support their child; the benefits of reading, and how to cope with exam stress and anxiety.

Online Safety at Home

This newsletter provides some information about what your child may enjoy online and what parents are carers can do to help keep them safer.

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Family Solutions

Family Solutions offers support to families on a voluntary basis who are not likely to suffer significant harm, by finding solutions collaboratively as a family.

Grand Theft Auto

Grand Theft Auto (GTA) is 18+ rated game in which sex, violence, profane language and nudity form the main themes of the game. Popular for its criminal narrative, the GTA series encourages users to break the law in order to succeed and progress through the game. With over 100 million users on the game's online social club alone, Grand Theft Auto is hugely popular amongst young people under the age of 18!


‘Houseparty’, the live streaming app which says #StrangerDanger gives you the opportunity for ‘party time’. In the UK alone there's an estimated 1.5 million people using the app, more than half of which are under the age of 24.


This guide is for parents and carers about the issues associated with Instagram and contains useful tips about how you can help protect your children when using the app. 

Kik Messenger

Online safety guide for Kik Messenger; a free messaging app aimed at users aged thirteen and over. Used by more than 300 million people worldwide, Kik lets users exchange messages, photos, videos, GIFs and web pages with friends, family, chatbots and even strangers.

Unlike WhatsApp, Kik doesn’t require a user to sign up with a phone number. Instead, friends can be added via their username, making it easier for users to receive unwanted contact from strangers. Police in the UK issued a safety warning earlier in the year, claiming that Kik has featured in ‘more than 1,100 child sexual abuse cases in the last five years’ and that ‘children are at risk’ on the app.


This guide is for parents and highlights the dangers associated with platforms and how associated risks can be reduced, including, but not limited to; 'Chatting to Strangers', 'Griefing' and 'Cyberbullying', 'Online Payments' and 'Information Sharing'. Please share our free guide for parents by retweeting our guide here:


A FREE guide for all community users about Snapchat, the social media app which has been flagged by the NSPCC & the Humberside Police as being one of the main sources of online grooming incidents over the past 6 months, with the youngest victim recorded just seven years old. 

This guide informs parents and carers about the dangers associated with the social media platform and how they can reduce the associated risks, including sexting, snap map and snap streaks.


TikTok is a global video community where users create, share and discover ‘funny and memorable moments’ via short video clips – typically about 15 seconds long. Videos can be ‘spiced up’ with special effect filters, stickers, music and sound clips. Currently one of the world’s most popular apps, TikTok was formerly known as, before it was rebranded by the Chinese company that acquired it in November 2017.


Twitter brings endless positive opportunities such as information sharing, positive conversation, collaboration and a live global view of the world that we live in. Despite the good the platform brings, Trolls, unfortunately, continue to take advantage of this freedom. Trolling can be anything from sending malicious communications online, virtual mobbing, cyberstalking, harassment, coercion and control, and disclosing private sexual images without consent. From 2016, the Crown Prosecution Service were able to exercise new laws that could see those who create “derogatory hashtags” or post “humiliating” photoshopped images jailed. 


WhatsApp is the largest global social messaging platform, with over 1.5 billion users per month, and this free guide covers what you need to know about the platform to help safeguard your children from potential online risks including; the new age limit (16+), scam messages, connecting with strangers, location sharing and more.


The YoungMinds crisis messenger service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text YM to 85258



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