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Do you know how to keep your children safe online?

Advice for staying safe online will be available to parents and children of all ages at a special Online Safety Awareness event on Tuesday, October 29, at Ankerside Shopping Centre.

Professionals will be on hand to share helpful tips and answer questions on all aspects of online safety, including cyber bullying and child sexual exploitation. This will include representatives from Tamworth Borough Council and O2 – who will provide technical support for setting up devices and parental controls.

The event, which is taking place during half-term, has been organised by Tamworth Community Safety Partnership in conjunction with Ankerside Shopping Centre and O2, takes place between 10am and 3pm on October 29, and people are invited to visit the stand at any time during that period.

Tamworth Borough Council’s Partnerships Officer, will be sharing important safety advice and raising awareness of potential dangers at a time when young people might be starting to use the internet more independently. Free leaflets and wristbands will be given out and children can learn how they can keep themselves safe online and whether they would know who to speak to if they were faced with online bullying.

Cllr Stephen Doyle, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Regulatory and Community Safety, said: “The internet is a valuable resource for young people growing up in this technological age. However, with the potential risks and dangers of technology, we need to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better safer online community.

“Parents play an important role in ensuring their children know the dangers, such as not sharing personal information, creating strong passwords and being aware that people can lie about their identities online.

“Risks can be mitigated as long as users know what to be aware of and the measures they can take to protect themselves online.   

“I would encourage people to visit Ankerside on October 29 to find out more.”

Mark Burbridge, Ankerside Shopping Centre manager, said: “We are all much more connected than ever before, so the Online Safety Awareness event will provide an important opportunity for adults, as well as young people and children, to learn about staying safe while using the internet.

“The 02 team is highly skilled in imparting top tips on things to look out for while online such as phishing emails, knowing when a website is secure for making payments and how to set strong passwords, among many other helpful things.

“Visitors will also be able to receive advice on setting up parental controls on a variety of devices, so that children are able to enjoy their time browsing, using apps and playing games without any safety issues.”

Further information and safety advice is available from a number of resources including:

www.saferinternet.org.uk

www.safertamworth.org

www.childnet.com

www.swgfl.org.uk

www.iwf.org.uk