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Police and parents head back to class for lessons on internet safety

Posted on 14th February 2014

Parents are being encouraged to attend police internet lessons after officers headed back to class to chat to students about staying safe and online dangers.

Officers from the Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Team have been working in partnership with local schools to deliver internet lessons to year 7 pupils to help to increase their awareness around staying safe online.

The team have been engaging with students at both Glossopdale Community College and Saint Philip Howard Catholic School in Glossop around issues such as sexual exploitation, cyber bullying and the consequences of shoplifting.

Parents of the year groups are now being invited to attend a parents evening with a difference to see an insight into the online world and the ways that they can protect their children and encourage safer internet use.

The evening will be led by the neighbourhood policing team and will target parents to give them similar lessons as their children with added information for their benefit.

The parents evening will run 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Glossopdale Community College on Wednesday, March 5 at the Hadfield site and St Philip Howard Catholic School on Thursday, March 27. 

PC Julian Gallagher from the Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Working in partnership with local schools to run these workshops gave us a great opportunity to engage with the students about topics which can otherwise be difficult to discuss.

“We had a positive response from the class and they had the opportunity to ask any questions and chat about issues around sexual exploitation and cyber bullying in a safe environment.

“I would like to encourage parents to attend the evening to receive similar advice as the students and information about how you can further encourage safe internet use at home.”

Any parent wishing to attend is asked to contact the school directly.

To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team, call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.

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