News and updates
A page dedicated to news items and recent updates relating to safeguarding
Snapchat's new map feature raises fears of stalking and bullying
Snap Maps lets users track each other’s movements in real time, but child safety groups are cautioning young people against sharing their location
It is important to be careful about who you share your location with, as it can allow people to build up a picture of where you live, go to school and spend your time.
When they first use the feature, users can select whether they want to make their location visible to all of their friends, a select group of connections or to no one at all, which Snapchat refers to as “ghost mode”.
To access the map, users open the app and pinch to zoom out on the screen. This then displays a map of the local area. Users can change whether or not they are visible to others within the app’s settings.
Take a look at this short video with Nadia Sawalha and her daughter as they look at how Snapmaps works and the dangers associated
For more information from the Guardian also about the risks involved please click here.
Bullying in the workplace
When talking about bullying, most people will think that it takes place only in the school playgrounds and classrooms, but for many adults, bullying has become the scourge of their work day and there often feels like there is no escape.
You may hear managers describe bullying as many things, but it is certainly not:
A "clash of personalities" – If you are being systematically belittled, excluded, or intimidated, you are not just clashing with someone, this is bullying.
Character building – Negative remarks and actions towards you will not build any sort of character; the effects can be debilitating and have an effect on your emotional health.
A leadership style – Overly aggressive or dominant managers may try and pass bullying off as their "style" of management, but if you feel threatened, this is bullying.
Provoked by the victim – Bullying is never the victim's fault and is often motivated by the perpetrator's own insecurities or desire to progress up the career ladder.
It is important to remember that if you are being bullied, all incidents are relevant, because they establish a pattern.
Bullying itself is not against the law, but if a colleague or manager is behaving in an intimidating or offensive way, it could be harassment, which is illegal under the Equality Act 2010.
To find out more about bullying in the workplace please visit here
FNTC now has a CEOP button on our homepage!
The CEOP button enables an individual to report abuse directly to the National Crime Agency.
- By implementing the ‘report abuse’ button, children and young people on your site will be empowered to report suspicious individuals or behaviour directly to law enforcement quickly and easily.
- The reports come directly to our intelligence centre and the team there are then in best place to analyse, assess and take appropriate action according to the perceived risk and threat to an individual child.
- It also enables us to feedback on reports to you, helping you make your environment safer for children and young people.
- Information and analysis of these reports can then shape the future development of your services reducing the potential threat and harm to children.
You will now see this button on several of our pages.
Amanda Todd case: Accused Dutch man jailed for cyberbullying
A Dutch man was sentenced to 11 years for blackmailing dozens of young women around the world into performing sex acts in front of web cams.
He faces additional cyberbullying charges in Canada in connection with the online harassment of Amanda Todd.
The 15-year-old Todd killed herself in 2012 after photos of her breasts were published online.
To access the full article please click here
Hampshire Schools evacuated after bomb threat hoax
MORE than 12 schools have been targeted by hoax bomb threats, including three in Hampshire.
They all took the decision to evacuate the pupils and staff and a search was carried out. To see the full story please click here
National Safeguarding Month 2017
The campaign is calling on all organisations that work with young people to Stop what they're doing, Look at their safeguarding practices, Listen to young people and take action.
To find out more about this year's Stop, Look and Listen campaign, please click here.
Theresa May Mental Health Pledge
What I am announcing are the first steps in our plan to transform the way we deal with mental illness in this country at every stage of a person’s life: not in our hospitals, but in our classrooms, at work and in our communities.
To read more please click here
Young people who have grown up in care are far more likely to die in early adulthood than other young people, Freedom of Information figures reveal.
They show 90 people who left care in England between 2012 and 2016 died in the years when they would have turned 19, 20 or 21.
For the full story please click here
An axe-wielding "killer clown" prankster has been jailed after he chased a pregnant woman the night before Halloween.
Michael March, 18, is thought to be the first person imprisoned following the craze that swept across the UK.
For the full story please click here