PARENTS and carers are being offered free hands-on help to keep their children safe online.
Tameside Phoenix, the multi-agency team for tackling child sexual exploitation (CSE), has reported that approximately 85% of current CSE cases being investigated in the borough involve online activity.
As part of wider ongoing work to tackle the issue, Tameside Libraries are leading on a series of new online safety sessions funded by Greater Manchester Police & Crime Commissioner’s Office. The sessions will also focus on cyber bullying, online shopping, radicalisation, eating disorders and protecting personal information and images.
Parents, carers and youth workers will be able to bring their children’s mobile phones, tablets and laptops to the sessions for hands on help in setting up appropriate security and privacy settings to help keep their children safe.
The sessions, delivered by MadLab, are running in a number of libraries across the borough from November to February, with the first one at Dukinfield Library on Tuesday 1 November 1.30-2.30pm . There are two separate one- hour sessions that parents, carers and youth workers can book onto. The first is an introduction to the dangers of being online, and offers practical advice about online safety, and the second workshop will provide practical help with updating devices with security settings.
Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Ged Cooney, responsible for libraries, said: “In Tameside – as in most places – we are seeing a significant link between online activity and child sexual exploitation. While the internet has many social and educational benefits and can be exciting and fun for children, I cannot stress enough the important of parents and carers keeping updated and informed and taking some simple steps to help keep their children safe online. The library online safety courses have been designed to make this as simple, easy and convenient as possible.”
For further information and details on how to book onto a session see http://www.tameside.gov.uk/libraries/events/onlinesafety