Warning Zone is an independent charity which supports the social and personal development of children and provides them with vital skills to keep them safe both online and offline. It aims to educate all 10 and 11 year olds from Primary, Independent and Special schools within Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Additionally others from youth groups e.g. Scouts, Guides and those at risk teenagers referred to the local Youth Offending Service and adults with additional learning needs or sensory impairments visit the centre. Children are guided around film style sets with props and special effects by trained volunteer guides placing them in life like situations requiring decisions to be made and consequences of actions discussed.
Vital messages are delivered in a stimulating and memorable way which helps prepare young people for increased independence and transition to early adolescence. Issues of peer pressure and personal responsibility are addressed.
The safety zones include: Fire Risk in The Home, Electricity and Building Sites, Alcohol, Anti-Social Behaviour, Personal Safety, Risk Around Water, Arson and Criminal Damage ,Road Safety and Risk around Railways.
The new E-safety zone in the form of a retro Fairground deals with issues such as Cyber Bullying, Grooming, Phishing, Risks when sharing images and the need to identify a trusted adult to talk to if concerned about any issues raised when using the internet.
Warning Zone works closely with the local Fire and Police Services to ensure all safety messages delivered are accurate and up to date.
Recognising a growing risk to children last year a new message area was introduced in the Personal Safety Zone dealing with issues around knife crime. Last year over 10,00 children benefited from a visit to Warning Zone.
In September 2018 Warning Zone launched a new programme for pupils aged 12 and above called Road Crew. The Warning Zone Roadcrew delivers high impact and engaging internet safety sessions to year 7 and older students in their own schools. The sessions are based around real situations staff have encountered as internet safety specialists.
The charity believes that internet safety should never be boring and that teaching students to identify and manage the risks they may encounter online is a skill that will benefit them for life. Warning Zone also understand the challenges school staff can face when dealing with internet safety issues, and offer free ongoing support to the schools it works with.
Roadcrew delivered to 4,000 students across the East Midlands in its first year, and aims to reach 10,000 each year by working with every school in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Teachers and other professionals have stated that the issues dealt with by Warning Zone are hard for parents to discuss with their children and difficult to tackle effectively in the confines of the classroom.
Warning Zone's vision is to ensure fewer children and young people risk accident, injury and death, or offending and entering the criminal justice system and thus reducing their life chances. The charity aims to encourage responsible behaviour and citizenship in young people whilst they live full and active lives helping them to achieve their full potential as young adults.
How You Can Support Warning Zone
Warning Zone are now taking part in our February 2019 charity poll. You are able to vote for them on the right hand side of our site.
Show your support and help to give children and young people the tools and information necessary to better protect themselves!