Parent online safety workshops for local businesses

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NSPCC and Thames Valley Police launch parent online safety workshops for local businesses

The NSPCC and Thames Valley Police are offering businesses the chance to school their employees on how to protect their children online.

Businesses across Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire are being encouraged to sign up to online safety workshops for parents to mark Safer Internet Day on February 6.

The free, one hour workshops are being run by the NSPCC in partnership with Thames Valley Police. TVP is launching the next phase of our #ProtectYourWorld campaign next month.

The campaign aims to encourage parents, carers and others in regular contact with young people to engage with them about their online lives including having regular conversations about their social media activity.

The workshops will equip parents with the skills to hold these discussions and ensure their children know how to set privacy settings, report inappropriate content and block accounts to protect themselves from risks, such as cyberbullies.

Parents will also learn how to set parental controls, to ensure younger children are protected from content that is not appropriate for their age group, and understand how to stay up-to-date with the apps, games and social media that young people are using.

Emma Motherwell, NSPCC Campaigns Manager, said: “While the internet is a fantastic place for young people to learn, play and socialise it’s vital that children and young people are aware of its dangers and how to stay safe.

“These workshops are a great way for businesses to give back to their staff and ensure parents have all the tools they need to have regular conversations with their children about what they are doing online to ensure they reap the benefits and protect themselves from the dangers of the internet.”

D/Supt Gill Wootton at Thames Valley Police, said:

"Engaging with and educating the communities within the Thames Valley about how to protect themselves and their families online is a key part of preventing crimes, particularly young people. We are therefore keen to support the NSPCC with these workshops and work alongside them to highlight the risks to young people and help them stay safe whilst online."

Businesses can book a workshop throughout the week of February 5 to 9 by emailing emma.motherwell@nspcc.org.uk

For more information about online safety, the NSPCC and O2 have produced resources as part of its Net Aware campaign, which are available at www.net-aware.org.uk.

The NSPCC and O2 also have an online safety helpline which can be reached on 0808 800 5002.

Bookings will be made on a first come, first served basis. If you are unable to host a workshop during these dates but would be interested for a future date, please contact emma.motherwell@nspcc.org.uk to arrange.

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Its Childline service provides a safe, confidential place for children with no one else to turn to, whatever their worry, whenever they need help. Children can contact Childline 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 0800 1111 or by visiting www.childline.org.uk

Its free NSPCC Helpline provides adults with a place they can get advice and support, share their concerns about a child or get general information about child protection. Adults can contact the Helpline 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 0808 800 5000, or visiting www.nspcc.org.uk

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