Police run Internet safety sessions for concerned parents
LOTHIAN and Borders Police are running a series of Internet safety sessions for parents in the Scottish Borders.
Officers in Kelso, Hawick, Eyemouth, Peebles, Galashiels and Melrose will hold one-hour seminars over the next six months to offer advice and guidance on keeping children safe while online.
Parents will be given a presentation devised by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOPS) Unit, where many of the risks young people face when using the Internet will be discussed.
The attendees will then have the opportunity to raise any questions or concerns they have in relation to their child’s safety online.
The sessions are open to everyone and police are keen for a large turnout to ensure youths in the Borders are protected while on the web.
PC Rachel Stevenson said: “Parents don’t need to be technically minded to benefit from these seminars, nor should they feel embarrassed if they do not know much about computers or the Internet.
“The purpose of the sessions is to highlight the potential risks that are present when a child is online so they can be avoided.
“At the start of the century social networking did not exist and it is important we provide parents with all the necessary support to meet the new challenges the Internet presents for protecting children.
“Lothian and Borders Police are committed to ensuring the safety of all members of our communities and anyone who wishes to attend one of these seminars is welcome to come along.”
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