The story so far…your son/daughter has been spending too much time on the computer, chatting and playing games with friends. Now a letter has arrived from School, saying they are worried too…What is going on?



A birthday present of an Ipad only creates problems: it’s not just the late-night chats, it’s the games and the photos as well. Why are my children not listening?



Two friends are laughing and being rude about a classmate, because of something they have on their phone. A friend tries to help and tell them where they are going wrong. Later that day, Police Officer calls at your house. 




Parental responses to questionnaire.  Some gave more than one response to a question.

  1. What is your way of accessing the internet at home / in your own time?

Phone 100%. Computers 50% Tablets 25%

  1. How many hours a week are the family on the internet? Including yourself.

15 hours 50%       25 hours 25%.   20 hours 25%

  1. How many social network accounts do they have?

None 50%    Adult use only 50%

  1. Can you name any of them?

What’s App / Facebook 50%

  1. Do you know if they play 18 rated games ? Y/ N?

Not allowed 100%

Could you say which ones?    N/A.

  1. Is it ok for them to share passwords online with someone famous someone they didn’t know? YES / NO?

No 100%


Passwords should never be shared.

Children have no internet access

Its not safe for kids

Phishing attacks and personal safety.

  1. Is it safe to chat online?

Only with family members, people we know. 25%

Yes and No.  25%

Yes 25%

Not really. The child doesn’t know who the person is at the other end. 25%

  1. What would you do if they received bullying texts?

Report them to the police 25%

Report it. 50%

Block the sender and report to the school. 25%

  1. What would you do if they put photos of them-selves online, when you had asked them not to?

I would have a good talk with them and explain myself carefully. 25%

Have them remove them but explain why.    25%

I would try to delete the pictures straight away.  25%

Take away gadgets for a period and explain the dangers 25%

  1. Which type of new media creates the most problems for you?

Facebook /Snapchat  /Instagram? Others?


I am the only user, my children too young. 25%

No problems so far. 25%

Facebook / Instagram and Youtube 50%.

PS4 apps and games with a social dimension 25%

  1. What can be done about websites which encourage young people to harm themselves?

Definitely should be removed or blocked

Is there such a thing?

The websites can be more private and more security

No experience of this. Report them to the police

  1. The main reason for young people not asking for help? Being judged? Embarrassment? Feel silly? Don’t know who to trust? Bad experience?

Responses included

Mainly because their friends will see them as stupid and a baby

Want to appear independent and mature.

Feeling embarrassment and silly

I imagine one factor is feeling they have done something wrong themselves.

  1. What can you do to help yourself?

Keep communicating and keep a wide view of internet development

Keep up to date and maintain vigilence

Help other people?

Encourage reports and experience sharing.

Give advice on being careful

Please say how many children you have:         2 children 75%     No response 25%

Age range   6 – 10  years

Do you sit with them / are you in the same room when they are on the internet?

Yes mostly. 25%

Yes.  25%

No. 25%


Is there anything else you would like to say? 

I feel we all need information to stay up with new developments and how to deal with them.

Really pleased that George Spicer is taking on a thorny issue!!!


image[1989]Week 5: Workshop 3

Yesterday was a very busy day for Yr 5, with Sports day in the morning and Workshop 3 after dinner. Were they flagging? No they were not!!!

We had important decisions to make on casting, performance and staging and thank you to the Year 5 team and the pupils for your understanding creativity and input.

What we have been able to do, is to take some of the practical exercises from the workshops to incorporate them to the presentation, to communicate our ideas, information and messages in an interesting way for the audience.

Physical Theatre, ensemble, script work and improvisation all feature.

Next week is gonna be good!!!

Presentation: Thursday 6th July at 2.45pm.

All Yr 5 parents and guardians are invited to see the presentation, which has been a learning experience for me and something I value highly. The project had two main objectives, to give the pupils a drama workshop experience to develop their creativity and communication skills and to explore the important issues of e-safety and new technology. You should have received your invitation by now. There will be time for a short Q & A about the project so we hope to see you all there…thank you.

Alan Spence. Artistic Director. Theatre is real life



PRIMARY…An introduction to Drama for Yr 5 – May 4th.

The workshop is ready, the director waits,

GS 1

…and the room draws it’s breath.

GS 2

Superb opening session with YR 5. See you in June.


13501675_1651521648505429_1617260113158723023_nThe Northumberland Park Partnership Board are working with the Selby Trust in supporting Community Projects in Northumberland Park Ward of Haringey Borough of London. The Board was successful in partnership with Haringey Council in securing a total of £210,000 grant funding to distribute, of which £180,000 is from the DCLG Transformation Challenge Award Grant and £30,000 is from a community health improvement initiative – Well Communities (Well London) – all of which is to benefit the Northumberland Park ward area.

Selby Trust

My name is Tom have applied for a Seedling Grant, because the NPPB recognise that there may be individuals in the community with good ideas but find it difficult to get funding and if successful we will be providing a range of events / activities for young people and adults.


This Education Project explores the problems of e-safety and new media for young people and adults, to get them to talk to each other, to ease some of the problems.

This will be achieved through two screenings of the play My name is Tom, followed by fun practical drama sessions to for both young people and adults to explore their concerns and how to deal with them.

This project offers a safe space for young people and adults to explore, share experiences and work together to create a safer use of the internet and technology, while still enjoying the benefits.

What difference will your project make to the area?

My name is Tom is a unique opportunity bringing together young people and adults to try and prevent cyberbullying, self-harm, grooming and many other problems, to take control of their lives.

Working in a fun and creative way, through screenings and workshops, building on knowledge, understanding and communication skills. All are welcome regardless of experience, academic ability or drama / theatre skills, which will be free with funding from NPPB

Elsewhere in our project we are working with an Enfield Primary School and the Godwin Lawson Foundation, which tells us we are relevant and helping across the community.

How will you know if your project has made a difference in the area? 

Sam Bawden Head of Drama at Northumberland Park School believes the project, “ Sounds like a very interesting project to get involved with”, will help us achieve our objective, placing our activities at the heart of the community and the Selby Centre.

If successful, we will meet with the community to shape our activities around the structure of screenings and workshops.  Numbers will give some indication if our offer is right, along with feedback forms and informal discussions with participants, as well as the end of project performance and sharing of work.

How will you communicate what you have done with NPPB, partners and residents? 

– Full end of project accounts along with a detailed report including feedback from participants.

– Advice and guidance for people to share.

– Session activities and photographs with participant comments to feature on the project website.

– It is hoped that some activities could be filmed and used as educational resources.-