Students from a Hart secondary school, and their parents, were among those who attended a special awareness day on Wednesday (21 February) exploring the potential dangers faced by young people online.
Specially trained staff from the Safer North Hampshire Community Safety Partnership delivered an interactive awareness session to students from Years 7 – 10, followed by specialist teacher training and a session for parents in the evening.
The training, at Calthorpe Park School, in Fleet, focused on issues such as how students use the internet and the potential dangers they may face.
The staff from Safer North Hampshire have recently completed a Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Ambassador Course. CEOP forms part of the UK’s National Crime Agency and is responsible for helping to keep children and young people safe from sexual abuse and grooming online.
Councillor Adrian Collett, Hart District Council Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services and Community Safety, said: “It is brilliant to see local schools drawing on the expertise within the Safer North Hampshire Partnership to ensure pupils, parents and teachers alike are fully equipped to deal with the dangers that young people may face online.”
Calthorpe Park Head Teachers, Melanie Hooper and Martin Amos, said: “Calthorpe Park School is delighted to work with colleagues from Safer North Hampshire. The day provided an excellent opportunity to better equip our students to use online technology responsibly and positively, and to support our parents and staff to help them to do so.”
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