Posted on 17th July 2017
Two PCSOs from the New Mills and Chapel and Chinley Safer Neighbourhood policing teams joined forces with Derbyshire County Council Multi Agency Team members to talk to High Peak youngsters about online safety.
Nicola Bruce from the Derbyshire County Council Multi-Agency Team and Traci Good from Good Safety, with PCSOs Lee Baker and Karen Green visited local primary schools to chat about how to enjoy the internet safely.
They spoke to pupils in years five and six, who are aged between nine and 11, at schools which are part of the Peak Edge Group of Schools and Chapel School cluster in the High Peak.
The initiative originated from the Locality Partnership where online safety and Child Sexual Exploitation were identified as a locality issue. The partnership have commissioned various schools sessions across High Peak and north Derbyshire Dales to raise awareness amongst youngsters.
PCSO Lee Baker said: “The youngsters listened to a presentation which covered a wide range of topics around internet and social media safety, from safe sites, not accepting friend or follow requests from strangers, online gaming, cyber bullying and what to do if things go wrong or if you feel uncomfortable.
“This was then followed up with some work in the classroom where we were on hand to answer any questions or offer further guidance. The sessions seemed really well received.”
PCSO Baker added: “We are planning to offer these sessions again to help ensure that we get the important message across on how to stay safe online.”
You can find advice and information about cybercrime, fraud and online safety on the Safety Advice pages of the Derbyshire police website by clicking here.
Derbyshire County Council’s Multi-Agency Teams can also offer further information and support. The New Mills area Multi-Agency Team can be contacted on 01629 533844.