The St Helena Safeguarding Children’s Board today launches a four-week campaign to raise awareness among parents and children of the dangers of the internet and how to use the web safely.

With the excitement of Christmas just behind us, children and young people are still appreciating their Christmas gifts – many of which might have been mobile phones, Ipads, tablets, or other digital devices.

With these devices come many dangers to children, especially when using the internet. The aim of this campaign is to encourage children and parents to think twice about the potential dangers of the web, and to provide useful advice on how to use the internet wisely.

The campaign begins this week with advice on How To Protect Yourself From Online Bullying. Advice will follow over the coming weeks on Using The Internet Safely, How To Stay Safe On Social Media, and Keeping Your Children Safe On The Internet.

Chairperson of the Safeguarding Children’s Board, Judi Leon, said:

“This campaign is very timely. While the internet offers many social and educational benefits, children and young people can expose themselves, knowingly and unknowingly, to a number of risks. We want to alert both users and their parents to these, and offer advice to reduce the chance of someone on the Island being a victim of online bullying or having their identity stolen.

“So do look out for the posters and radio interviews, and ask any of us on the Safeguarding Children’s Board if you would like to know more.”

As part of the campaign, various radio interviews will take place on local stations and posters will be published in both newspapers and issued to schools and youth groups on the Island.

Telecommunications company Sure SA Ltd is supporting the campaign, and local business, Gigabyte IT Solutions, will be providing useful advice on its weekly tech show on Saint FM.

A poster on How to Protect Yourself From Online Bullying is attached to this release.

SHG

10 January 2017

 

 

 

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