Police team up with Royal School for Deaf in web safety campaign

Posted on 19th June 2014

Pupils at Derby’s Royal School for the Deaf will be given advice on staying safe online as part of a joint project between staff and police.

A performance will be held at the school, in Ashbourne Road, touching on topics such as social networking and cyber bullying.

The performance, on Monday, June 23, has been organised by the school and police officers in the city, along with students from the University of Derby.

It is part of an ongoing engagement project with the school, to help build links with its pupils and staff and to raise awareness of how they can protect themselves from crime.

The internet safety performance comes after teachers raised concerns about cyber bullying and its dangers with police.

Detective Sergeant Matt Williamson said: “A recent case of a young deaf girl being bullied on the internet raised the issue of young deaf people being largely unaware of the dangers the internet can pose in terms of bullying, grooming and the pitfalls of social networking.

“To help raise awareness, we sponsored a workshop that uses a specially written theatre production for the school pupils.

“We hope that by promoting safe use of the internet, as well as offering advice and support for youngsters, we can help prevent them from becoming a victim of crime online.”

The performance – part of the Workshop on Internet Safety from Expolitation – is one of several ways police are engaging with deaf or hard of hearing people in Derby.

Safer Neighbourhood officers have also been involved and police will be working on new ways to get safety messages across in the coming months.

It comes after Derbyshire Constabulary became the only police force in the country to earn the Action on Hearing Loss organisation’s Louder than Words charter mark.

The charter mark is awarded to businesses and organisations who take extra steps to cater for deaf and hard of hearing people, and has a 10-step checklist of actions they have to complete.

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