Topics for this month:

A new update (iOS 12.0) for IPhones – Screen Time

One of the new features recently released by Apple, focuses on ‘Screen Time’.  Screen time monitors how much time a person is spending on their device, from what apps they are using, to the number of times throughout the day they are picking up their phone to glance at the screen. Screen time can be used to set time limits on apps, set content filters and restrict app usage. The update also breaks down the time spent on different categories of apps, such as social networking, productivity and games.

For more information regarding the update, please access the following link:

Screen time is a good tool for learners, staff, and parents/carers to use to be mindful of how much time they are spending on their devices.

E-Safety: Did you know?…

Almost 1 in 4, of 8 to 11-year-olds and 3 in 4, of 12 to 15-year-olds has a social media profile (Ofcom 2017)

1 in 3 internet users are children (NSPCC 2015)

Healthy and unhealthy relationships – NSPCC

Childline has released figures which show that it held 3,878 counselling sessions about peer on peer sexual abuse in 2017/18 – a 29% rise since 2016/17. Childline has relaunched its #ListenToYourSelfie campaign about healthy and unhealthy relationships and is promoting the online tool ‘Looking out for Lottie’ to help young people recognise when a relationship doesn’t feel right.

For more information, please access the following link:

Increasing concerns regarding KIK messenger

Kik messenger has been around since 2010, and has round 300 million users worldwide which is popular with children and young people. The NPCC (National Police Chiefs Council) reported last week that the number of Child Sexual Exploitation reports over the last 2 and a half years has quadrupled. It is important that everyone is aware of the dangers of this app and that if learners’ engaging in the app have any concerns, to contact JTM’s Safeguarding Officer on 0151 336 9340

Prevent and British Values

British values are a set of four values introduced to help and protect children and young people’s safety and welfare. They also help to ensure young people understand the importance of respect, and leave education and training fully prepared for life in modern Britain.The four values are democracy, rule of law, respect and tolerance and individual liberty.

British Values are an important part of the Prevent strategy, and it is the duty of all providers to follow these values and put them into every day practice; specifically to counter extremism.