Posted on 21st October 2013
Pupils at Saint Thomas More Catholic School had a lunch break with a difference as they were joined by Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team.
The team headed out as part of the national push to raise awareness of online safety for ‘Get Safe Online’ week which runs from Monday, October 21.
PCSO’s Linda Cook and Alan Nield took centre stage in the school hall to chat to the youngsters about how to stay safe when using social networking sites, gaming and downloading.
Back row from left: Year 11 student Matt Salmon, PCSO Alan Nield, PCSO Linda Cook and Annie Guthrie. Front row: Year seven students Josh Williams and Lewis Martin.
The officer’s handed out advice leaflets, goodies and a multiple choice quiz to see how much the school children knew about online safety.
PCSO Linda Cook from the Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “We had a warm welcome from the school and it was a great opportunity to chat to the kids about effective steps that they can take to stay safe online.
“It’s important for us to highlight that safety in the virtual world is just as important as in the real world to help to encourage safe and confident use of the internet.
“Putting a password on mobile phones and registering valuables with Immobilise are some of the simple steps that can really make a difference.
“We want to get the message out there that there is lots of useful information available on the Get Safe Online website, not just for the students but also for parents and small business owners alike”.
Get Safe Online is an educational website dedicated to protecting people from harm on the internet, by providing easy-to-understand information about online security.
Safer Neighbourhood policing teams across Derbyshire will be heading out into the local communities all this week to encourage members of the public to stay safe and protect themselves from potential online dangers.
To speak to your local team about upcoming events and advice for online safety, call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.
Registering your valuables with Immobilise helps the police to quickly find the owners of recovered lost and stolen items. To register your belongings visit www.immobilise.com.
To find out more about Get Safe Online visit the website at www.getsafeonline.org