Media release - issued 05 Feb 2019

Fascinated by Facebook or terrified by Twitter? Cyber safety sessions set to help parents understand online content

Are you confident that you know how to keep your child safe when using the internet, social media, apps and games? Or are you baffled by Snapchat, Instagram, WhatsApp and Fortnite?

A series of cyber-safety workshops will take place across the Safer North Hampshire area in late March and early April, designed to help parents and carers learn more about cyber safety issues, and the websites and apps their young children or teenagers might be using online.

The hour-long sessions, part of National Family Safety Week, will cover some of the latest online trends, as well as advise parents on what they can do to protect their children and prompt conversations about online content.

The sessions, which will be delivered by a qualified member of council staff, who is part of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Command Ambassador programme, will take place on:

  • 26 March - Hart District Council

  • 1 April - Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

  • 3 April - Rushmoor Borough Council

All sessions will run from 7pm to 8pm.

A group of young people from Salesian College, Farnborough, will also attend the sessions, and give a presentation about their experiences online. The students started a Young Enterprise company, called Auctus, which has produced an online safety book for young people.

Councillor Simon Bound, chairman of the Safer North Hampshire Partnership, said: "It's important for parents to be up to date with the latest developments online, and to know how they can help to keep their children safe. We hope that these sessions provide some useful knowledge, and give parents the confidence they need to talk about these issues."

To book onto a session or to find out more, email communitysafetyteam@communitysafetynh.org, stating which session you would like to attend and how many spaces you require.

 

 
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