South Tyneside parents urged to spread internet safety message

Parents in South Tyneside are being urged to speak to youngsters about the dangers of the internet as part of a national awareness campaign.

Parents are being urged to speak to their youngsters about internet safety.
Parents are being urged to speak to their youngsters about internet safety.

The call, from anti-bullying group founder Callum Carr, comes ahead of Safer Internet Day, next Tuesday.

The teenager, who founded the South Tyneside Against Bullying (STAB) organisation, will be visiting schools and community groups to highlight the dangers of using social media, bullying and the internet.

However, Callum is also calling on parents to get involved by ensuring their child is safe online.

He said: “Internet safety is vitally important in today’s society. Technology grows day in and day out, and sometimes we need to be one step ahead and be aware of the trolls and predators that users may come into contact with.

“Although organisations like STAB are promoting internet safety, and social media sites are taking extreme measures to protect users, it also comes down to parents taking action and supervising their children online”

Safer Internet Day is held annually by the Safer Internet Centre to promote to people of all ages how to stay safe while online.

This year’s theme is ‘play your part for a better internet’, which aims to highlight the positive uses of technology.

For more information on Safer Internet Day, visit www.saferinternet.org.uk