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#Knifefree Campaign

The Home Office has launched a new advertising campaign aimed at reducing knife crime. The campaign challenges the perception that carrying a knife is normal and makes young people safer.

By using real-life stories of young people who made the decision not to carry knives, the #Knifefree Campaign aims to highlight the consequences of carrying a knife and to inspire young people to pursue positive alternatives. The adverts point young people to a dedicated website ( which provides advice, signposts support services and highlights activities to empower young people to change their behaviour.

A fact sheet provides more information, and the campaign can also be accessed and shared via the following channels:
Twitter: @ukhomeoffice
Instagram: ukhomeoffice
Facebook: ukhomeofficegov


Stop. Speak and Support
What issues could be affecting your children?

Get to grips with what they may come across on the internet and how to get help if you need it.
Find out what to do if you’re worried about anything you or your child has seen online.
Inappropriate Content,
Online Grooming
Online Reputation
Online Pornography

Please follow the link below for excellent age appropriate support and guidance regarding a variety of high profile issues connected to the ‘Stop, Speak and Support’ campaign.

Internet safety checklist for teens

stay involved 

Keep talking and stay interested in what they’re doing. Don’t be afraid to bring up challenging issues like sexting, pornography and cyberbullying. It could be embarrassing, but you’ll both benefit from the subjects being out in the open.

stay safe on the move 

Use safe settings on all mobile devices but be aware that if your child is accessing the internet using public WiFi, filters to block inappropriate content may not be active. Some outlets, like McDonald’s, are part of family friendly WiFi schemes so look out for Mumsnet Family Friendly WiFi and RDI Friendly WiFi symbols when you’re out and about

be responsible 

Talk to your teenager about being responsible when they’re online. Children often feel they can say things online that they wouldn’t say face-to-face. Teach them to always have respect for themselves and others online.

talk about online reputation 

Let them know that anything they upload, email or message could stay around forever online. Remind them they should only do things online that they wouldn’t mind you, their teacher or a future employer seeing. Get them to think about creating a positive digital footprint.

Adjust controls 

Discuss with them adjusting your parental controls to match your teenager’s level of maturity. Have a chat about it first – don’t turn them off completely without careful consideration and discussion

show you trust them 

If you can afford to, give them a small allowance that they can use for spending online so they can download apps, music and films for themselves, from places you agree together.

don't give in 

Remind them how important it is not to give in to peer pressure to send inappropriate comments or images. Point them to the Send this instead and Zipit apps which will help them deal with these types of requests.

Put a lid on it.
Advice for pupils and families for safer cycling to and from school.

We are delighted to see so many pupils taking the opportunity of cycling to and from school and all the benefits a healthy commute brings, however, we would like to bring the following information to families’ attention;


  • Bikes must be ridden safely both on and off school site, consideration for other road users and pedestrians is paramount
  •  Cyclist should take all necessary precautions to ensure they are wearing the correct equipment at all times
  • St Joseph’s is strongly recommending that ALL CYCLISTS wear a cycle helmet for their journeys, please see the video links below for advice on how to fit, wear and purchase the right one
  • If any cyclist is seen or reported not riding safely on the highway or school grounds then the privilege of cycling to school will be taken away
  • When riding to school please factor enough time into the journey in order to arrive safely and on time
  • In the summer term we would like to offer pupils the opportunity to receive expert practical advice from Gwent Police, further details will follow.


Safer Internet Day (SID) 2018

Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission*, each February to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology, especially among children and young people. Celebrated on the second day of the second week of the second month, each year on Safer Internet Day millions of people unite to inspire positive change and raise awareness of online safety issues and participate in events and activities right across the globe.

Safer Internet Day aims to not only create a safer internet but also a better internet, where everyone is empowered to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. Safer Internet Day aims to reach out to children and young people, parents and carers, teachers, educators and social workers, as well as industry, decision makers and politicians, to encourage everyone to play their part in creating a better internet. By celebrating the positive power of the internet, the 2018 Safer Internet Day theme of “Create, Connect and Share Respect: a better internet starts with you” encourages everyone to join the global movement, to participate, to make the most of the internet’s potential to bring people together.

For further information click here Key SID Messages
Or visit

Digital Awareness Presentation Download

Digital Awareness @ SJHS

Click here to download the document presented
at the Parents' Digital Awareness Evening 2017.

Information for parents and carers

Young people and social networking

Click here for more information on social
networking safety for your young people.

Web safety

Please take a moment to look at the site shown below, You can access advice and support on how to keep children safe from sexual abuse, both online and off. Articles provide guidance on topics as diverse as: challenging harmful sexual attitudes and promoting positive behaviours; helping a child with autism negotiate life online; supporting a child who has been sexually abused; and dealing with a range of online issues such as sending nude selfies and viewing pornography. Users will find films, downloadable guides and useful links to support organisations.

Families can also use the website to access the CEOP Safety Centre where they can report abuse and exploitation direct to CEOP.

Vodaphone have also created a good parents guide, the link is on the right.

 Web Safety Website Link      

You can also download this Digital Parenting Magazine or a huge list of helpful site by the UK Internet Centre (below), which is full of information, tips and help if you have children or young people online.


Other useful websites:

Cybercrime: Preventing young people from getting involve

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has launched a public awareness campaign to highlight the increasing number of young people engaging in cybercrime.

The #CyberChoices campaign targets parents of 12-15 year olds who may be involved in hacking or other kinds of online crime without their parents' knowledge. The campaign, also aimed at professionals who work with children and young people, highlights the range of criminal activities that children may be involved in, how to spot signs of potential problems, what the consequences could be and importantly, signposts better ways for young people to use their technical skills.

For further information about cybercrime, and to watch the short film produced for the campaign click here. For advice from the NCA on how to help young people avoid the risks of getting involved in cybercrime, and how to work with parents and carers on this issue visit the NCA website.

Keeping Young Performers Safe Cadw Perfformwyr Ifanc Yn Ddiogel

Please see link below for new regulations on young performers. These documents provide detailed information for when young people need licences to take part in public performances and/or in paid sporting or modelling activities.