Real Love Rocks
Due to the increasing concerns around CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation) and grooming, Real Love Rocks was set up by Barnardo's. It is a programme developed, with young people who have been exploited, to promote healthy, consensual, safe relationships.
The primary programme is designed to be delivered to Upper Key Stage 2, talking to them about 4 specific areas:
- Healthy Relationships
- Keeping Safe
- Online Safety
It has been recognised that it’s not always easy to chat to children about relationships or people who might want to harm them. We cannot, however, always be physically there for our children and, therefore, we have a responsibility to equip them with the knowledge to help keep themselves safe. Children need the knowledge and confidence to speak out if someone makes them uncomfortable or pressured. Real Love Rocks has been designed, age appropriately, to give these essential safety messages.
Think about the appropriateness of the songs your children listen to, the video games they play, the television programmes and films that they watch, the magazines they read and the people they talk to online.
- Do you have appropriate restrictions set up on your internet?
- How do you supervise your child whilst they are online?
- Does your child watch/play games that are not age appropriate?
The following age guidelines have been given for various social media sites:
- Facebook – 13 years old
- Twitter – 13 years old
- Instagram – 13 years old
- Pinterest – 13 years old
- Snapchat – 13 years old
- LinkedIn – 14 years old
- WhatsApp – 16 years old
- Tinder – 17 years old
- YouTube – 18 years old
- Flickr – 18 years old
To find out more about Real Love Rocks, please watch this video, which is used to introduce the programme to the children: