Northumberland Youth Service helping young people stay safe online

07 Feb 2017

In support of Safer Internet Day 2017, which takes place on Tuesday 7th February, Northumberland Youth Service are helping to raise awareness by promoting the theme ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’.

 

Northumberland Youth Service have been working in partnership with Streetwise North to develop a range of materials aimed at young people for schools to utilise, including a presentation highlighting the positive use of digital technology along with tips and information about online safety. The presentation will be provided to secondary schools across Northumberland alongside take away cards which feature key highlights about how to stay safe online and links for more advice and information.

 

The focus for this year’s Internet Safety Day is to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology along with demonstrating the role that we all play in helping everyone to stay safe online. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, and policymakers to join together in helping to create a better safer online community.

 

Robin Harper-Coulson, NSCB business manager said: "Although the benefits of the internet far outweigh the potential dangers, all young people must be aware of the very real risks they may be exposed to online, this advice if followed will improve their safety online.

 

The internet is amazing, young people can play, learn, create and connect - opening up a whole world of exciting possibilities. This guidance has been developed to support young people to keep themselves safer online."


Councillor Robert Arckless, Cabinet member for children’s services at Northumberland County Council said, “The materials created by Northumberland Youth Service are a fantastic tool to help highlight how to stay safe online. While most people safely use the internet, it is always beneficial to have a reminder about how to remain safe while online.”