Helping to protect from net dangers

Pc Paul McKenzie and youth worker Alex Campey.
Pc Paul McKenzie and youth worker Alex Campey.

A series of e-safety lessons have been held to help to safeguard pupils.

Police and North Tyneside Council’s children’s services have been going into schools to talk about internet safety, cyber bullying and text and mobile safety.

Sessions have also been held so parents can take steps at home to keep their children safe.

Schools who have taken part include Wellfield and Marden Bridge middle and Whitley Bay and Monkseaton high.

Neighbourhood Pc Paul McKenzie said: “Schools and police have been working with pupils for some time to get the message across about how to use the internet safely.

“But we know parents also need advice, so we set up extra sessions aimed at helping parents to protect their family when using the internet.

“We want children to recognise the risks involved, learn how to use the web responsibly and if they do experience any problems know how to report it to the appropriate agencies.”

Coun Ian Grayson, cabinet member responsible for children, young people and learning, said: “Here in North Tyneside, we understand the responsibility to educate our pupils and their families on E-safety issues; teaching them the appropriate behaviours and critical thinking skills so they can remain both safe and legal when using the internet and related technologies, in and out of the classroom.”

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