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Youngsters in Marston Montgomery are top of the class after online safety talk with local officers

Posted on 12th June 2015
The tweet sent out by PCSOs Darby and Dales during their school visit.

Youngsters in Marston Montgomery are feeling clued up on internet safety after a special event with local Safer Neighbourhood officers.

PCSO’s Gemma Darby from the Marston and Clifton Safer Neighbourhood Team and Jo Dales from the Hulland and Brailsford beat visited Marston Montgomery Primary School on Wednesday, June 10 to chat to children about staying safe online.

To show how far and how quickly posts can get shared on the internet, the officers used Twitter to ask people to re-tweet a photo of their police vehicle.

Within a couple of hours, students learned the post had received over 100 retweets and people had commented on it from across the UK and as far away as Melbourne, Australia and Texas in the United States of America. The post now stands at having more than 440 retweets.

PCSOs Darby and Dales hosted two talks with youngsters aged between five and seven years old and another for eight to ten year olds. They also showcased a film by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.

PCSO Darby said: “We wanted to share with students the power of social media and how it really does not take much, just the click of a button, to share and spread information instantly. Even though a person may delete their original post, others may still have access to photos, tweets, posts and videos and then that person will never know where it got to. 

“It is so vital for youngsters to be educated about online safety especially now computers and other electronic devices such as tablets and mobile phones, are so readily available for them to use. The internet is a fantastic place to be able to find out all kinds of information including for school projects, to keep in touch with friends and play games in spare time, but we really hope children at Marston Montgomery Primary School now understand some of the dangers of the internet and they took important lessons from our visit about how to keep themselves safe.”

For more information about internet safety for children visit:  http://www.derbyshire.police.uk/Safety-advice/Internet-Safety.aspx

To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101. You can also follow @AshbourneSNT on Twitter to keep up to date on local policing in your area and see the tweet sent by PCSO’s Darby and Dales during the visit.

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