Northumberland school children and families learn about internet safety

03 Feb 2017 12:14 PM

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School children and families across Northumberland are learning about on-line safety as part of an international Internet Safety Day.

Tuesday, February 7, is World Internet Safety Day, which aims to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people.

To help raise awareness of the importance of being safe online officers from the county’s Neighbourhood Policing Teams are visiting secondary schools to talk to pupils about cyber crime and how to protect themselves online.

Issues around bullying on social networking sites, how to stop receiving unwanted messages, and the dangers of so called ‘sexting’ will also be discussed. Officers are advising youngsters to think carefully about the content they post online and have reminded them that these images have the potential to be shared worldwide with strangers and online criminals.

Officers are also bringing these important safety messages to a wider audience to include parents and people of all ages.

Internet Safety Day community drop-in events, Tuesday, February 7

Below are events police are hosting for residents and visitors to call in and get on-line safety help and advice:

The Forge, Allendale from 1pm - 2pm, Allendale Arts and Media Centre, Market Place, Allendale

Marks & Spencer store from 1pm - 2pm, Maidens Walk, Hexham

Sanderson Arcade in Morpeth from 1pm - 2pm, at the mobile police station

Wentworth Leisure Centre from 3.30pm - 4.30pm, Wentworth, Hexham

Costa Coffee from 2pm - 3pm, 3 Fore Street, Hexham

Haltwhistle Leisure Centre from 3.30pm to 4.30pm, Greencroft, Haltwhistle

On-line blog event

Police are also hosting a live online blog on Tuesday evening between 6pm and 8pm. The online forum gives people the opportunity to take part in the discussion and ask questions about any aspect of online safety. People can simply log on, take part and get any help or advice that they might need.

To take part click on this link and follow the instructions on screen

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