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Is your child really safe online? – Free talk for Parents/carers

NCI Technologies Ltd are joining forces with Penryn College Cornwall this month to raise awareness about the dangers of the internet and how to stay safe online, through a series of talks to parents, pupils and the wider community.

Andy Trish, NCI’s Director of Education and NSPCC Childline Schools Service Programme Volunteer has been talking to all pupils at Penryn College this week to raise their awareness of the dangers on the internet and who to talk to if they are worried or need help. The important topics of cyber-bullying, grooming, sexting, identity theft and phishing are covered through powerful child-centred videos, and pupils can volunteer to take part in an ‘every person matters’ role play to highlight the effects of bullying.

Andy advises “A parent or teacher who understands the dangers and takes an interest in the child's virtual life is much more likely to build that trust relationship that is so needed if things go wrong”.

Cornwall police have reported a rise in child grooming through social-networking sites and believe that education is the key to tackling this crime however, Detective Inspector Simon Snell, head of Cornwall police's child exploitation unit has reported that "Sadly, parents only engage in internet safety after something's happened and the horse has bolted."

As our children embrace technology such as tablets, mobile phones and gaming machines to empower their learning, communication and social connections in a digital global community, do we really know just how vulnerable they are? Do we know what they are doing and who they are really talking to? And would we usually let them hang out with strangers at night on their own? Talking to pupils is the first part of the process however, as parents we too need to know the dangers that the internet presents, and turning it off is not necessarily the answer.

Next week, Andy is delivering a talk specifically for parents/carers to inform us of the dangers on the net, how to recognise if our children are vulnerable, how to protect them and where to go if we are worried about a child or to report abuse.

Please join us at: Penryn College

on Tuesday 19th March, 6.30pm-8.30pm.

To book your place: email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or for all other enquiries visit www.penryn-college.cornwall.sch.uk.

Or call reception on 01326 372379.

The workshop may contain material that you may find disturbing. It is included not to scare you into not allowing your children to use the internet, but to entice you to talk through the dangers with those you love, and help them understand the rights and wrongs of the actions they may take.

The NSPCC reported in November 2011 that:

38% of young people have been affected by cyber-bullying and 18% of children and young people who worried about bullying said they would not talk to their parents about it.

Andy has visited over 300 schools so far advising parents and teachers of children how they can stay safe in the cyber world, empowering them to be net savvy, protect each other and take action when necessary.

For further information about internet safety please visit our resource section at: www.esafetymatters.com/resources. If you are a school or college and would like to host an event like this please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01326 379 497.