Did your child receive a new phone, tablet or laptop for Christmas?
Tameside Libraries are running further sessions to help parents and carers keep their children safe online. And, as part of the workshops, parents can bring in their children’s phone, tablets and laptops for hands-on help in updating security and privacy settings.
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 online safety sessions funded by Greater Manchester Police & Crime Commissioner’s Office.
The sessions, delivered by MadLab, also focus on cyber bullying, online shopping, radicalisation, eating disorders and protecting personal information and images.
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.
The upcoming sessions will run as follows:
• Thursday 12 January, 1pm - 2pm, at Droylsden Library
• Tuesday 31 January, 6.30pm – 7.30pm at Central Library Ashton
• Wednesday 8 February, 6.30pm - 7.30pm at Hyde Town Hall
• Thursday 16 February 2017, 1.30pm - 2.30pm at Central Library Ashton
Similar session held in the autumn were well received by parents, here’s some examples of their feedback:
• “I really appreciated having time to ask questions, and the tutor was great.”
• “I feel I can be more in control in the future.”
• “The course contained a lot of fantastic information and all parents should attend.”
• “I learnt a lot of things I didn’t know.”
Tameside Council Deputy Executive Leader Cllr John Taylor, responsible for community safety, said: “In Tameside – as in most places – we are seeing a significant link between online activity and child sexual exploitation. Being online is a part of everyday life, and is a valuable and important tool for children to use in learning and communication. However, I cannot stress enough the importance 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