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Keep Your Family Safe Online

Date Published: 23 January 2018
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Families are being encouraged to learn more about how to protect themselves online as part of a free event taking place in support of Safer Internet Day 2018.

Organised by Rutland County Council’s Early Help and Community Safety teams, the event takes place at Rutland County Museum on Thursday 8th February and is supported by experts from UK Safer Internet Centre, PACE (Parents Against Child Exploitation) and Leicestershire Police.    

The event runs from 1.30-6.30pm with expert speakers sharing helpful, practical information on a wide range of digital safety topics, including online gaming, image sharing, privacy settings and parental controls: 

2.00pm Leicestershire Police    
Online fraud, spam, information security and healthy internet habits

4.00pm Safer Internet Centre
For practical advice on talking to children aged 4-10 years.
View the presentation: Online Safety for Primary School Parents

5.30pm Safer Internet Centre
For practical advice on talking to children aged 11-18 years.
View the presentation: Online Safety for Secondary School Parents

Information and advice on a wide range of internet safety topics can also be found on the Safer Internet Centre website.

“As with all aspects of growing up, the internet does pose a number of hazards, but it is a crucial part of young people’s lives and one we must embrace. Our role as adults is to educate young people, help them develop resilience and equip them with the skills they need to navigate the online world safely. What are Snapchat, Instagram and Roblox? Is filtering or monitoring what children do always a good idea? At what age do you buy them a mobile phone? These are just some of the questions we’ll be looking to answer at this event, so you can inspire young people and help them recognise that together we can all help build a positive online experience for everyone.”        
Samantha Marks, Online Safety Consultant at the Safer Internet Centre      

As well as internet safety experts, officers from the Council’s Child Sexual Exploitation Team, Community Safety Team and Rutland Youth Service will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.    

“The internet offers amazing opportunities for children and adults to learn and connect with others. However, there are also inherent risks with going online, whether it be viruses, threats to our personal information or scams that target unsuspecting users. With the digital world instantly accessible at our fingertips and changing all the time, this is a chance for parents, carers and young people to get free, expert advice about how to stay safe and protect themselves online.”        
Councillor Alan Walters, Cabinet Member for Community Safety      

Information and advice on a wide range of internet safety topics can also be found on the Safer Internet Centre website.     

 

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