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Parents/Carers News

18 December 2014

A police investigation is under way after it was revealed dozens of secondary school pupils have been targeted in a string of "sexting" attacks.

Detectives are examining four separate allegations that both boys and girls have been sent explicit images via mobile phones and social networking sites and asked to send them back in return.


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06 November 2014

A new breed of relatively easy-to-use encryption and security services like Silent Circle have started popping up ever since Snowden made his revelations last year. One of the newest additions to that growing list is a Chrome browser extension called ShadowCrypt, which encrypts emails, Facebook status updates, tweets and other messages you send and post on social media.

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16 September 2014

 Do apps like Whisper, Secret and, which let their users mask their identity, give voice to cyberbullying and other bad behavior?

Mike Dreiblatt, president of the activist group Stand Up to Bullying and co-author of How to Stop Bullying and Social Aggression, says that such apps tend to bring out the worst in young people, and has some advice for the apps as well as parents.

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09 September 2014

 Google, which bases its business on collecting and analyzing huge reams of data for advertising purposes, has been scanning users' emails even before users have a chance to open or read them, including email messages that are deleted without being opened. Google knows what's in your email before you do.


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26 August 2014

 Challenge Regional Cyber Day Event1: Girls into Cyber: panel and exhibition, Northumbria.

On Thursday 9thOctober at Gateshead Northern Design Centre, Cyber Security Challenge and Northumbria University will be holding the first Event1 in their series Regional Cyber Day.

We are delighted to announce that Lucy Winskell, Northumberland University's Pro Vice Chancellor has confirmed she will open the day's activities, introducing the women on the panel to highlight the myriad of back grounds and pathways that women have found into cyber roles and the exhibitors to inspire the audience of career changers and students during the day where attendees can network with regional employers, women in the industry and find out about the community.

The panel is to be opened by the Dr Jessica Barker, Cyber Security Consultant, starts off the discussion: Why is everyone talking about Cyber Security?

There will be speakers from GCHQ and IA Professional Bodies too [TBC]

Stands and activities include:

• Regional business stands: showcasing local cyber roles and pathways into work.

• Cyber 'Surgeries': 10 minute Q&A with students with the cyber community to discuss future job roles, memberships and the benefits of groups and networking.

• Enigma Machine: Bletchley Park's Education Officer demonstrates a real, working Enigma machine, providing drop-in activity sessions.

• Cyber-card game –Students and Career Transitioners can create teams to battle it out on a leader board during the day

• Cyber Community: UK wide network communities: (ISC)2., BCS., IISP.,to be available to talk about networking and membership opportunities.

More details and booking form here.