E-safety initiative for young people online

Pc Paul McKenzie with Alex Campey from children's services with the e-safety pack.
Pc Paul McKenzie with Alex Campey from children's services with the e-safety pack.

Youngsters in the borough have been taking part in an initiative about internet cyber-bullying and mobile phone safety.

The e-safety campaign has been developed and introduced by the Whitley Bay Partnership of Schools together with police.

Using guidance from the Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre, officers aim to raise awareness of personal safety including social networking privacy and issues around ‘sexting’.

Northumbria Police’s youth website Ebeat also provides advice for youngsters, parents and teachers.

Pc Paul McKenzie, from the neighbourhood policing team, said: “The presentation provides important information about staying safe with online and mobile communication.

“It really is important to raise awareness of e-safety at an early age and help prevent anyone becoming a victim.

“We have already given the presentation to teachers and parents at some of the local schools and we have had some really positive feedback.”

For more information about youth internet safety visit www.ebeat.org.uk or visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk