Safer Internet Day 2018

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Safer Internet Day 2018

School pupils across North Lanarkshire will be armed with advice to help prevent them from being at risk of cyber bullying and misuse of their online profile as part of the UK-wide Safer Internet Day.

Around 300 Primary 7 pupils and teachers from primary schools across the council area attended Safer Internet Day 2018 at Motherwell Civic Theatre (Tuesday 6 February 2018), organised by North Lanarkshire Child Protection Committee. Experts offered tips on keeping safe online while highlighting potential risks from befriending on social media, revealing information on online profiles and sharing content.

The day encouraged pupils to join the Safer Internet Day's global movement to make a safer and better internet, and make the most of the internet's potential to bring people together.

Children's BBC television presenter, Ed Petrie, participated in a Q&A session with the young ambassadors about his own experiences and the importance of staying safe online.

Ed Petrie, said, "Being a children's television presenter for over 12 years, I've watched digital and online activity explode and increasingly becoming a critical part of children's lives. My role in television involved training on bullying, inappropriate communication or behaviour and having hands-on guidance from a production team. But with the rise of social media, vlogging and digital channels such as youtube, it means that there's content being created which is largely unregulated and with little moderation.

"I've now become a parent myself and completely understand the need for children to be educated on how to keep themselves safe online and the role that a parent or carer should take in getting involved in that education. Events such as this in North Lanarkshire will give young people information and support so they can make the right choices online but also to know where to go for help when they need it."

Superintendent Rob Hay, Partnerships, Lanarkshire Division, said, "There are obvious benefits to the internet and social media for young people but it's also important to understand that there can be risks. Police Scotland is committed to making the internet a safer place for young people so they can enjoy it. All children and young people need to understand they should only share pictures or information online that they are happy with friends, family and others seeing. They also need to know how to keep their personal information private and to contact an adult if they feel threatened in any way.

"Any child who feels vulnerable or is worried should speak to a parent, guardian or teacher or can phone Police Scotland on 101 or Childline on 0800 1111."
Further information on Safer Internet Day 2018 can be found at www.saferinternet.org.uk or www.saferinternetday.org.

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