PARENTS have welcomed new classes running in Tameside libraries to help keep children safe online.
The free online safety sessions, funded by Greater Manchester Police & Crime Commissioner’s Office, focus on protecting children from sexual exploitation as well as cyber bullying, online shopping, radicalisation, eating disorders and protecting personal information and images.
Parents, carers and youth workers can bring their children’s mobile phones, tablets and laptops along to the sessions for hands on help in setting up appropriate security and privacy settings to help keep their children safe.
There was good attendance at the first session in Dukinfield Library on 1 November, with parents giving positive feedback.
Tameside parent Kathryn Ward: “This was a really helpful, comprehensive session and everything was clearly explained. I brought along my 12-year-old daughters’ iphone and tablet to check she has all the correct privacy settings in place.”
Another parents, who is a foster carer for two teenagers, said: “I’m not very tech savvy and I normally have to rely on my children updating things like security settings for me but now I know what I’m doing myself and can help ensure they are taking part in online activity safely.”
The sessions, delivered by MadLab, are running in a number of libraries across the borough from now until February. The next one is at Droylsden Library on Friday 11 November 10.30-11.30am.
Tameside Council Executive Member for Children and Families Cllr Peter Robinson, who attended the launch, said: “Approximately 85% of current child sexual exploitation cases being investigated in the borough involve online activity. While the internet has many social and educational benefits for children, it’s clearly important that parents and carers keep up to date with how to keep their children safe online. The library online safety courses this easy and convenient to do.”
There are two separate one- hour sessions that parents, carers and youth workers can book onto. The first is an introduction to the dangers of being online, and offers practical advice about online safety, and the second workshop will provide practical help with updating devices with security settings .
For further information and details on how to book onto a session see http://www.tameside.gov.uk/libraries/events/onlinesafety