Posted on 12th December 2016
Safer Neighbourhood officers joined Glossopdale students to chat online safety as part of their Super Learning Day.
On Thursday, December 8, officers were invited along to Glossopdale Community College in Hadfield to host a number of sessions as part of their learning day. A range of other organisations also went along to deliver talks, including healthy eating by Derbyshire County Council, careers advice, and a conflict resolution session by the Multi-Agency Team.
PC Julian Gallagher and PCSOs Will Brockett and Amy Mckeever from the Glossop Town Centre Safer Neighbourhood Team ran a number of sessions throughout the day to help students to stay safe online.
PC Julian Gallagher said: “It was a great opportunity to be invited into Glossopdale Community College to help to raise awareness of some of the issues posed online. We held class discussions on a range of issues including cyberbullying, online gaming, grooming, and the importance of ensuring that social media accounts are set to private.
“The class were really keen to get involved and happily shared their own experiences of being online, along with offering advice to classmates.”
Two Think U Know films were then shown in class to raise awareness of online grooming and the consequences of sending explicit images. The films highlighted key online safety messages, including always setting accounts to private and being careful about what information you share online, only adding friends who you know and trust in real life, and how to report abuse.
At the end of the session the policing team ran an activity to highlight how social media accounts can be hacked. This included holding up photographs of celebrity’s social media accounts, including blogger Zoella and also Justin Bieber, and discussed how offenders had hacked into their accounts and asked young people inappropriate questions or for photographs to be sent.
PC Gallagher added: “The social media activity is a great way to show how anybody, from your everyday person to popular celebrities, can have their accounts hacked. It is important to know how to report these issues by raising awareness of report icons, along with knowing who you can tell if you are worried about an issue online. All in all some fantastic sessions held as part of the Super Learning Day.”
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