LOTHIAN and Borders Police are launching an internet safety campaign in Leith to tackle cyber-bullying.
Officers from the Safer Neighbourhood Team will visit all primary schools in the area to promote the “Online Bullying – Don’t Play The Game” event, which targets pupils in Primary 6 and 7.
The youngsters will receive a presentation using materials from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Unit (CEOP) that highlights the potential risks of using the internet and promotes safe online practices.
The internet safety scheme was launched in Leith
Parents will also have the chance to attend these seminars and ask any questions they may have in relation to internet safety for their children.
As part of the campaign, which runs from Monday 23rd April to Friday 4th May, school pupils will be asked to design a poster on the issue of cyber-bullying.
The winning poster will then be exhibited in many public buildings throughout Leith, including police stations, libraries and community centres.
Sergeant Colin Johnston said: “Social networking and online communication has become increasingly popular with the younger members of our communities and it is essential that children are provided with all the necessary advice and information for staying safe while online.
“This campaign is focussed on education so that iinternet users can identify the types of behaviour that constitutes cyber-bullying and avoid committing these offences.
“We also hope that, as a result of our engagement with schools, anyone who observes cyber-bullying or believes they are currently victim to it will come forward and report the matter to police.”