Are you share aware?
Children’s charity the NSPCC and Norfolk Police are running workshops to help parents in Norfolk learn how to keep their children safe online.
The sessions, part of the joint Share Aware campaign, aim to increase parents’ knowledge of the internet, social media and apps, and give them the confidence they need to discuss any issues they might have about online safety with their children. It also tells parents where to go for more support and guidance.
Share Aware was launched in Norfolk last year and is now in the second phase of its campaign. This week the NSPCC and Norfolk Police piloted workshops for parents of children in primary schools. In addition online safety workshops will be delivered in several workplaces so parents can access them at work.
Norfolk Police will also be using their stall at the Royal Norfolk Show in June to further highlight the campaign to keep children safe online.
Julie Campbell, NSPCC’s Local Campaigns Manager said: “The NSPCC and Norfolk Police are working in partnership, building on a successful online safety poster competition run by ChildLine and Norfolk Police and delivering free online safety workshops to parents, initially in secondary schools.
“Many of the things you do to keep your children safe every day apply to their online world too – talk to them, understand what they are doing and who they socialise with. Develop your basic understanding of the sites, apps and games they use – you don’t need to be an expert.”
Inspector Bex Brown, from the Safer Schools and Youth Engagement Team at Norfolk Constabulary said: "We want to ensure that children of today are mindful about keeping safe online as technology is growing and there are so many ways in which children can now access the internet, which is why we’re supporting this campaign.
"We know that parents can often feel out of their depth and confused by the internet so these training sessions will give them straightforward, no-nonsense advice that will help them to untangle the web and feel confident talking to their children about online safety.
"We want young people to think every time they go online about who they may be speaking to and to recognise internet misuse such as cyber bullying and grooming.”