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Online safety sessions back by popular demand

FURTHER sessions are to be offered in Tameside libraries to help more parents and carers keep their children safe online.

Previous sessions have been well attended, with parents feeding back that it has helped them feel more in control, informed and able to talk to their children about staying safe.

The sessions, delivered by MadLab, are running at Tameside Central Library and Hyde Library from July to October.

There are two separate one hour sessions that parents, carers and youth workers can book onto. The first is an introduction to the dangers of being online and offers practical advice about online safety, while the second workshop will provide practical hands-on help with updating devices – such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops - with security settings.

Tameside Phoenix, the multi-agency team for tackling child sexual exploitation (CSE), has reported that approximately 85% of CSE cases being investigated in the borough involve online activity.

The library online safety sessions were funded by the former Greater Manchester Police & Crime Commissioner’s Office as part of wider ongoing work to tackle the issue. The sessions will also focus on cyber bullying, online shopping, radicalisation, eating disorders and protecting personal information and images.

Here’s some feedback from people who attended from previous sessions:

  • “The course contained a lot of fantastic information and all parents should attend”
  • “I feel I can be more in control in the future”
  • “Very enlightening and worth an hour of your time”
  • “Really good informative course with info to take away to consolidate what I have learnt”

For more information call Tameside Libraries Information Service on 0161 342 2031 or click here