Online Gambling

The Young People and Gambling 2017 report has included for the first time a section
to explore awareness of and participation in ‘skins betting’ among young people.

‘Skins’ are in-game items, used within some of the most
popular video game titles. They provide cosmetic alterations to a player’s weapons, avatar or
equipment used in the game. Skins betting sites allow video gamers to wager cosmetic items
rewarded in-game or purchased for real money on a digital marketplace, accessible from the UK
for several years.

The topic was introduced to young people as follows: ‘When playing computer
games/apps it is sometimes possible to collect in-game items (eg weapons, power-ups and
tokens). For some games, it is possible to bet these in-game items for the chance to win more of
them.’ Young people were first of all asked if they ever play computer games or apps these days. Those
who answered ‘yes’ were then asked if they were aware of betting with in-game items and if they
had personally done so (and if so, how recently).

Overall, based on the description provided within the questionnaire, 45% of 11-16 year olds were
aware that it is possible to bet with in-game items when playing computer games or app-based
games. Almost six in ten boys (59%) knew about this activity compared to less than a third of girls
(31%). The survey found that 11% of 11-16 year olds claimed to have bet with in-game
items. The activity was more prevalent among boys (20%) than girls (3%).

Click here to read the full report.

Tellonym – Important Information

 Tellonym App

Important safeguarding information for school staff, parents and carers  .

South Tyneside Local Safeguarding Children Board have been made aware of the potential dangers associated with the use of the application  “Tellonym” (a play on the words “Tell on him”)

The app is available as a free download on the Apple App Store and Google Play store and is not regulated.

Tellonym advertises itself as  “ the most honest place on the internet. See what your friends think of you, answer anonymous questions and ask others the things you have never dared …”.

The facility to allow anonymous postings has seen users (of any age) post a wide range of inappropriate messages, comments and photographs which have caused upset and distress to children and young people using the application which has required intervention from the police and other services.

Please be aware of the dangers of the use of the application and we would advise that you share this information with staff, parents and carers.

Play your part for a better internet!

Safer Internet Day Tuesday 9th February 2016

Play your part for a better internet!

For this years e-safety competition, we would like students to enter a 30 second animation or movie themed around playing your part in a better internet.

Entries can be individual, group or class entries. There is no age limit.

We would like completed entries to be shared with us via Google Drive.

There are lots of resources that can help with E-Safety on our website. Including a Brainpop video

Brainpop has an e-safety section with activities and videos to give you some inspiration too.

Brainpop have very kindly sponsored our E-safety competition this year and the winning entry will win a Classroom subscription to Brainpop for 12 months (Please note this is up to 3 teacher accounts not individual student logins).

Brainpop Trial

Please remember that we have secured a lengthy trial period for our schools with Brainpop and remember to check out the wealth of resources available to you.

In addition we have a CPD session @ Openzone on 12th January 2016 4:00-5:5:30.

If you need any further help using Brainpop, Rob will be on hand to take you through it.

Any of our schools who have missed out on the trial or perhaps have not be able to access it yet please contact Robert Richardson

Important Information

The closing date for entries is Tuesday 9th February 2016@4:00pmNB Please make sure that all students have permission for their image to be used on websites as the winning entrant will be posted on ICT in Schools as well as Brainpop websites and social media channels

Free parent / carer friendly  information sessions will be taking place on Thursday 22nd October 2015 6-7pm and Friday 23rd October 2015 10-11am & 1-2pm at The Open Zone, Temple Park Road, South Shields.


The sessions will include:

  • Simple online safety tips for parents / carers to keep their child and / or  teenager safe
  • An update on sites and the latest social networks children and young people are accessing
  • The latest jargon used by children and young people on social media and what it means
  • How to spot the danger signs and  what to do about them
  • The opportunity to access the  online ‘Keep them Safe’ module. A easy module written by parents for parents around the link with social media  and Child Sexual Exploitation. Staff will be available to support  and guide parents / carers through this
  • A free up to date on line safety information pack



Due to the popular demand of these sessions booking is essential. Please contact or telephone 0191 424 6512 .