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Children told to stay safe on the internet

Isabel Farrington and Jerad Deaden with PC Paul Coates,  PCSO Nicola Westle, PC Ollie Haycock and PC Matt Sedgley. (D511A426)

Isabel Farrington and Jerad Deaden with PC Paul Coates, PCSO Nicola Westle, PC Ollie Haycock and PC Matt Sedgley. (D511A426)

A police presentation advising children about how to stay safe on the internet is being delivered to primary schools across Morley.

The presentation, which is specifically aimed at educating 9 - 11 year-olds, focuses on the potential dangers of uploading personal details to social media and the need to avoid contact with strangers over the internet.

The talk, which was pieced together by officers at Morley CID, also touches on the issue of cyber-bullying and the damaging impact it can have.

Police are advising young people and their parents to visit thinkuknow.co.uk, which carries detailed information about using the internet safely and harmlessly.

This week, local officers visited Westerton Primary School in Tingley, where Year 6 pupils were shown the presentation before being given the opportunity to ask questions about internet safety and life in the police force.

PC Paul Coates of Morley Police, said: “Our presentation talks about social media, Facebook and gaming - everything that young people are involved in that has a danger to it regarding privacy.

“The key message is for young people to keep themselves safe and to let them know that we’re here to help wherever we can.

“We’ve had fantastic feedback from the schools we’ve been to and everybody has told us that it’s been worthwhile.”

Mrs Sue Jackson, headteacher at Drighlington Primary School which first piloted the talk, said: “We’re aware that children access social media and that it’s now a natural part of their communication with friends, but my worry is that they don’t always understand the difficulties and dangers that come with it.”

“The presentation has been very successful because the children have learnt a lot from it, and it’s been helpful to us because it’s made us more aware of what they know.”

 

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