Helping to stay safe in cyberspace

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PEOPLE of all ages are being encouraged to pick up advice on how to stay safe when using the internet.

From Tuesday to Friday next week, the Hartlepool Safeguarding Children Board will be running a host of activities in the Arts Hartlepool unit in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre throughout the day to raise awareness of e-safety.

Topics will include everything from the dangers to children from online predators and cyberbullying to identity theft, internet scams and phishing.

There will be advice on offer and free computer software will be available to help people easily identify unwarranted access to their computer.

The event follows the success of the recent E-Safety Week which saw pupils from schools across the town taking part in a host of activities at the Space To Learn centre and other venues, including creating radio broadcasts and videos to spread the e-safety message.

Ricky Brown, information technology advisor for Hartlepool Borough Council’s child and adult services department, said: “Whether you are eight or 80, whether you use the internet once a month or several times a day, e-safety matters and everyone has a role to play in helping us all to stay safe online.

“Tech-savvy youngsters can teach their elders how to use new technology, while grandparents can draw on their life experiences to advise younger generations on how to stay safe online, as they discover the digital world together.

“Whatever your age, please make the time to drop into one of our sessions next week – it could make all the difference in keeping you and your family out of trouble.”

For more information about the events at Arts Hartlepool, on the first floor of the shopping centre near the entrance to the indoor market, call the Space To Learn centre on (01429) 891744.