Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Stay safe online

Young people from Solihull Youth Council have launched an awareness raising campaign in conjunction with Solihull’s Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) about staying safe online.

As part of national Safer Internet Day that takes place on 5 February, the Youth Council has come up with a series of messages and designs which will be sent out to other young people through social media sites and email.

The messages include: “If you think you know who you are talking to online…think again!” and “The only real thing that you know about someone online is that they can type!”

The messages will be sent out via Facebook, Twitter and email with a link to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre’s website which has more advice about how young people can stay safe online as well as a downloadable browser button which offers instant access to CEOP’s safety centre if something happens to a young person online that they are concerned about.

Mark Rogers, Chair of the LSCB said: “The internet is a fantastic resource for young people. Unfortunately, we all know that it can also be used as a tool to exploit them too. There are simple steps young people can take to make sure that they are safe online and I hope that the campaign from the Youth Council will encourage them to do just that.”

Solihull Youth Council member Amy Fedeski, aged 16 said: "The internet is a great way of keeping up with friends, but we need to be able to keep ourselves safe too. Social media is such a big part of our lives, so we thought it would be a really positive campaign to help young people keep themselves safe online. By raising awareness of the dangers of the internet, we want to make using it safer and more fun for young people like us."

Safer Internet Day is organised by Insafe each year in February to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people. More information and online safety advice can be found on their website:
www.saferinternet.org

Further tips and browser tools are available on the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre’s website: www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre

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