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Parents go back to school to learn how to keep their young people safe

Parents and carers attended a series of cyber-safety workshops in Basingstoke and Deane, Hart and Rushmoor recently, designed to empower them with information to help keep their children safe.

A total of 65 people attended the three sessions designed to help people learn more about cyber safety issues, and the websites and apps their young children or teenagers might be using online.

The hour-long sessions, part of National Family Safety Week, were organised by Safer North Hampshire* and covered some of the latest online trends, as well as advice on what parents and carers can do to protect children and prompt conversations about online content.

The sessions, delivered by a qualified member of council staff, who is part of the CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command) Ambassador programme, took place in venues at Basingstoke and Deane, Hart and Rushmoor over the last few weeks.

Caroline Ryan, Safer North Hampshire Community Safety Manager, said: “We ran these events to help parents and carers keep up-to-date with the latest security developments online, so they know how they can keep their children safe. We hope that these sessions provided some useful knowledge, especially hearing the direct experiences of the students from Salesian College, Farnborough, who chatted about their experiences online. The students formed a Young Enterprise company called Auctus, which has produced an online safety book for young people.”

To obtain a child safety booklet from Auctus, contact communitysafetyteam@communitysafetynh.org,

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