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Are your children safe online?

As part of Safer Internet Day parents are being asked if they really know what their children are doing online.

A new survey has discovered that 15 per cent of children admitted they'd bullied someone online, with 59 per cent saying they did it just to fit in with their social group.

Nearly half said they'd kept quiet after seeing or reading something online that made them feel uncomfortable.

Click below to watch our report from Claire McGlasson


Tips on keeping your children safe.

Keeping children safe online Credit: ITV Anglia

Police forces across the region have put together a series of tips and advice to keep children safe when they are online as part of 'Safer Internet Day'

Talk to your child Preventing your child from using the internet and devices won't keep them safe, so talk them through how to stay safe and what to do if they feel uncomfortable.

Ask your child what they do online Let your child show you what games they play and websites they use so you can be aware of their activity.

Set rules and agree boundaries Agree the amount of time they spend online, who they share photos and information with and websites they can use.

Make sure your child's privacy is protected Check the privacy settings on their accounts, especially with social networks and games.

Check your child knows how to use reporting tools Explain to your child what to do if they see inappropriate content or is contacted by a stranger.

Grooming is a process of manipulating a child to gain control over them. Anyone concerned about behaviour towards a child can report this directly to CEOP. The site also contains more top tips for young people on how to stay safe.

For more information you can also visit the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre's 'Thinkuknow' website

Schools get millions to spend on building projects

A number of schools in our region are to get a share of a multi billion pound investment into constructing and refurbishing school buildings.

The Government's promised a total of 6 billion pounds for schools in England over the next 3 years.

Extra cash for building projects Credit: ITV Anglia

But not everyone will benefit with less than 300 successfully bidding for a share of the pot.

Labour says it's too little too late, and the money won't go where it's really needed. Click below to watch our report from Olivia Paterson.

And you can see the full list of schools benefiting here

Local schools to benefit as part of building programme

Details have been announced of which schools are going to get a share of £2 billion as part of a rebuilding and refurbishment programme.

A full assessment of the work needed will take place in April.

Schools to get part of £2 billion investment Credit: PA Wire

The local schools benefiting under the programme are:

Bedford Borough

Goldington Academy


Burnham Grammar School


Ramnoth Junior School

Bewick Bridge Community Primary School


Chipping Ongar Primary School

The FitzWimarc School

The Deanes School

Ramsden Hall School

Water Lane Primary School

Mark Hall Academy

Brentwood County High School


Aboyne Lodge Junior Mixed and Infant School

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

The Hemel Hempstead School

Barclay School

The Cavendish School

Turnford School

The Astley Cooper School

The Bishop's Stortford High School

Saint Mary's Catholic School

Mount Grace School

The John Henry Newman Catholic School

Saint Joan of Arc Catholic School

Tring School

Monk's Walk School

Leventhorpe a business and enterprise academy

Milton Keynes

Stantonbury Campus


Marshland High School

Nicholas Hamond Academy

Downham Market Academy

Norwich Road Academy

Attleborough Academy Norfolk


The Latimer Arts College


Stowmarket High School

Copleston High School

Samuel Ward Academy

East Point Academy

Ormiston Endeavour Academy

Mildenhall College Academy

Govt says more homes now get superfast broadband

Credit: ITV News Anglia

Almost 300,000 homes and businesses in the East of England now have access to superfast broadband according to Government figures.

Ministers say the roll out of fibre broadband - which generates speeds of at least 24 mega bits per second - will lead to tens of thousands of jobs being created nationwide.

The Culture Minister Ed Vaizey will visit Norwich on Monday February 9th to launch the latest phase of the government's broadband scheme which aims to support properties in the hardest-to-reach areas.

"Today there are two million more UK homes and businesses with access to superfast broadband than there were two years ago as a result of this ambitious project.

This is a tremendous result that is already making a huge difference to millions of people.

We want everyone in the UK to be able to enjoy the benefits of superfast broadband, that's why we've begun work on reaching the last five per cent of communities not covered by existing plans."

– Culture Secretary Sajid Javid


'Check Your Chaps' on World Cancer Day

The Check Yor Chaps campaign launced on ITV's Lorraine show Credit: ITV

It's a subject which can be difficult to talk about especially among men - testicular cancer.

ITV's Lorraine Kelly has launched a campaign called 'Check Your Chaps' to raise awareness about the importance of checking for symptoms.

Cancer charities say that getting men to talk about their health problems is the key to saving lives. Watch Serena Sandhu's report and find a link to Lorraine's 'Check Your Chaps' page.

Is Milly the cutest dog in the region?

Meet Milly, winner of a competition to find the cutest dog in Suffolk.

Photographer Josh Coulson, from Ipswich, ran the competition last month. Of the 285 entries, only two dogs were chosen by all three judges.

Milly, the three-legged rescue dog Credit:

The winner was Milly, a three-legged Boxer rescued as a puppy from a dog sanctuary in Spain by Dominic and Karen Stroud, of Red Lodge, Suffolk, for their seven-year-old son, Liam.

Second place went to Pepper, a six-month-old Great Dane.

The image of Milly chosen by Photographer Josh Coulson for his website Credit:

Mr Coulson will now use a picture of Milly for his new dog photography business.

Pepper, a six-month-old Great Dane, was the runner-up Credit:

Tanya Mercer has been to see Milly and to find out what makes her just that little bit cuter than others. Here's her report:

And if you think your dog is even cuter, email us a photo at or post it to our Facebook page before 1pm Wednesday.

Here are some of the photos you have emailed us - you can see many more on our Facebook page

Bailey, 3 month old male chocolate Patterdale Terrier Credit: Ruth Bernard
Solar Bear Credit: Monique Rainey Tuddenham St Mary
Keisha, a rescue dog Credit: Norma Martell
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