Pupils given safety lessons

Pc Paul McKenzie and Youth Worker Alex Campey.
Pc Paul McKenzie and Youth Worker Alex Campey.

Police, schools and parents have been taking part in E-safety lessons to safeguard pupils in North Tyneside.

Officers and North Tyneside Council’s Children’s Services have been going into schools to talk about internet safety, cyber bullying and text and mobile phone safety, to educate young people and teachers about the dangers of social media and how to avoid them.

Schools who have taken part in the training since October last year include Wellfield and Marden Bridge Middle Schools and Whitley Bay and Monkseaton High Schools.

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, and the dangers of ‘sexting’.

“These events have been very well attended and we’ve received a lot of positive feedback.”

“We know children are keen web users, socialising and chatting to their friends as well as going on-line to learn and it’s important they know how to do so safely, not just at school but also at home.”

“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 to get the help they need.”

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