Get up to speed on internet safety with free sessions

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Parents and carers in South Tyneside can get up to speed on internet safety to find out how to keep their child safe online during sessions this week.

The sessions held at the Open Zone Learning Centre on Temple Park Road, South Shields will be held on October 22 and 23 as part of the ongoing awareness campaign about child sexual exploitation.

The free, friendly information sessions will offer simple online safety tips for parents and carers and will explain how to spot the danger signs online and what to do about them.

They will also explain the latest jargon used by young people on social media and give an update on the sites and social networks accessed by children and teenagers.

Parents and carers will also be able to access an online module written specifically for parents on how to keep their youngsters safe online and receive a free online safety information pack.

Councillor Joan Atkinson, Lead Member for Children, Young People and Families/Mark Reynolds said: “Many parents may feel they have been left behind by the spectacular growth of social network websites.

“However, it’s important to note that help is at hand. These parent-friendly sessions will guide people through the online world which is now such a part of young people’s lives. Simple, practical tips will be given on how to keep young people safe as well as how to spot the danger signs and what to do about them.”

The first session will be held this Thursday from 6pm – 7pm and another two will be held on Friday between 10am and 11am and another between 1pm and 2pm. All the sessions will be held at the Open Zone Learning Centre on Temple Park Road, South Shields. Due to popular demand, booking is essential. To book a place, contact Lynn Hodson on (0191) 4246512 or email lynn.hodson@southtyneside.gov.uk