Dear Parents,

I hope that you and your families are safe and well in these challenging times. Social Media has been a fantastic force for good in helping many of us stay connected in recent weeks. Sadly however, there will always be people that seek to exploit young people’s vulnerabilities, and this email is a warning regarding some worrying activity.

North Yorkshire Police have informed local schools that some older individuals have misused the chat app ‘Discord’ to communicate inappropriately with much younger students in Darlington. Please keep an eye on your child’s social media and encourage them to take precautions to chat only to those they know well. If you have any concerns at all, please report to CEOP, and/or contact the police on 101.

A useful website to help support online safety is https://nationalonlinesafety.com/guides which contains guides for parents on the use of some of the newest communication platforms including Zoom and Houseparty.

If you feel you need any further support please do not hesitate to contact us.

Stay Safe,

Kind Regards

Mrs Cullen