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Student Safety

Momo: NSPCC Response & Advice for Parents

We have been made aware of a dangerous and sinister online game:‘Momo’, that some children might have been accessing. The game encourages children to self-harm and has been dubbed the ‘Suicide killer game’ by the media.

NSPCC Response & Advice for Parents: A spokesperson for the NSPCC said: “The constantly evolving digital world means a steady influx of new apps and games and can be hard for parents to keep track of. That’s why it’s important for parents to talk regularly with children about these apps and games and the potential risks they can be exposed to.”  The NSPCC publishes advice and guidance for parents on discussing overall online safety with their children, as well as promoting Net Aware – the UK’s only parental guide to social media and gaming apps.”

Among the most common signs to watch out for include children who:

§  Become very secretive, especially about what they are doing online

§  Are spending a lot of time on the internet and social media

§  Are switching screens on their device when approached

§  Are withdrawn or angry after using the internet or sending text messages

§  Have lots of new phone numbers or email addresses on their devices

If adults are concerned or have any questions on how to approach the subject with their children, they can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or visit the NSPCC website. Children who are worried about their activity on apps or online games can contact Childline 24 hours a day, online and over the phone on 0800 1111.

A student was approached by a man on Hitchin road yesterday (13 February 2019). The man was shouting at her from his car (White Toyota Prius). He then stopped the car by pulling it up on the kerb in front of her and asked if she wanted a lift. He continued to stare but left when he noticed that she was writing down details of the car. Description: Asian, 25-30, beard, short black hair.

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It has been reported that three year 7 students were approached by a man in the alley way by Sainsbury’s Bramingham today (12 February 2019) at around 8.15am. He asked them what school they went to and what lessons they had today. The girls say that he kept looking at the school badge and made them feel uncomfortable. They walked away from him without talking to him.The man is described as 'Chubby man in his fifties with grey cropped hair 5ft5 – 5ft7in mixed race. Wearing grey baggy mid length trousers and a beige waist length jacket'.

The incident has been reported to the police. Students should be vigilant and if possible avoid using the alleyway near Sainsbury’s and walk down Whitwell Close instead.

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It has been reported to the school that two of our Y11 students were mugged at knife point on the way home from school yesterday (Tuesday 27 November 2018).  One incident took place near the Black Swan Pub, the other near Leagrave Park.  Both students had phones, watches and money stolen.  The police are currently investigating both incidents.  Can parents please ask students to walk in groups if at all possible. 

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On Friday (9th November 2018), a student was approached at a bus stop on Ravenhill Way by a stranger in a car. The same car has approached another student this morning at a bus stop on Pastures Way.
 
A burgundy, old style BMW, driven by a black middle-aged man, of stocky build wearing a hi-vis jacket asked if the student wanted a lift. The man was quite persistent and asked more than once. The police have been informed about both incidents and have a description of the car and the driver.
 
Students have been informed today but please speak with your child and ensure they stay vigilant at all times, especially if they use any of the bus stops in the vicinity of Pastures Way and Ravenhill Way.
 
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This morning (Thursday 15 November 2018) on Ravenhill Way at one of the bus stops (at the top not by the NISA shop), two students were made to feel very uncomfortable by a man, ‘who was staring at them and looked at them a few times’.  He was sitting in a small white van that was parked on the pavement and he was wearing dark working clothes and grey adidas track suit bottoms.  He had dark skin but was not black.  He was smoking a cigarette.  The van did have some sign writing on the back, but the details of this were not noted. 

Once again please ask your children to be vigilant, and if at all possible walk with friends. This incident has been reported to the police.