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Darlington pupils learn how to stay safe online

Carmel College visit_10th Feb 2015

Ron Hogg discusses internet safety with pupils at Carmel College, Darlington

Safer Internet Day 2015 has seen local support from Ron Hogg, Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner, who has joined organisations across the UK promoting the safe and responsible use of technology.

To celebrate the day, a group of Year 9 students at Carmel College in Darlington had the opportunity to pose questions to Mr Hogg about how they can stay safe online. The students will use what they have learned to deliver a school assembly at a later date.

Mr Hogg then visited Hurworth School and saw first-hand the activities being taken throughout the week, including education about the dangers of sexting and cyber bullying.

Catherine Shaw, Relationships Education and Sexual Health Coordinator, and Odette Robson representing the Local Safeguarding Children Board supported the visits to students in Darlington.

Mr Hogg said:  "We need to protect our young people and help them to make informed choices on the internet. Promoting awareness of how they can stay safe and where to seek help is vitally important, especially as young people are spending an increasing amount of time online."

The theme for this year’s Safer Internet Day is ‘Let’s create a better internet together’, offering the opportunity to focus on both the creative and positive things that children and young people are doing online, as well as the role that we all play in helping to create a better internet. 

Maura Regan, Principal at Carmel College said: "Reinforcing positive e-safety messages to students is vitally important these days, so that they make best use of the internet and their personal devices, whilst keeping themselves safe from potential dangers."

PC Katie Davies, who accompanied Mr Hogg on the school visit, said: "It’s important to convey the message as to how people can safely use the internet to avoid some of the dangers associated with it. We will assist with this message any way we can."

Mr Hogg is pledging further support for Safer Internet Day 2015. He said:

"To encourage safety online, I am calling on all young people across County Durham and Darlington who have a social media account, to check and update their privacy settings.

"This is an excellent opportunity for parents to ensure their children's privacy settings are secure, as well as their own, and to have those much-needed conversations at home about staying safe online."

Notes to editors

Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre in February of each year to promote the safe and responsible use of online technology and mobile phones for children and young people.

Safer Internet Day 2015 is on Tuesday 10th February 2015, with the theme ‘Let’s create a better internet together’.

The UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading charitable organisations; Childnet International, the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) and the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). These organisations are committed to working to make a safer and better internet. All partners recognise the unparalleled opportunities the internet offers and actively encourage its positive use for social, leisure, economic and educational advancement. The partners all work to make the Internet a great and safe place for children.  The UK Safer Internet Centre is online at www.saferinternet.org.uk.
Posted on Tuesday 10th February 2015
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