The Trust's safeguarding team is backing a cyber awareness day to protect children and young people when they go online, as part of international Safer Internet day on Tuesday 6th February.
The theme of the day is ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect’ and offers an opportunity to focus on both the creative things that children and young people are doing online, as well as the role and responsibility that parents, carers and all other stakeholders have in helping to create a better, safer internet.
Caroline Kovacs-Atkinson, Named nurse for Safeguarding Children (Sandwell) will be visiting Sandwell CAMHS on the morning of Tuesday 6th February to provide information to patients, family members and carers around internet safety, online grooming (CSE), cyber bullying, gaming and social media. The drop-in session aims to promote safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
Caroline said, “Teaching our children how to stay safe online is essential to their physical and emotional wellbeing. It is important that they know what to do to keep them safe in and outside the home.
“Children and young people have an illusion of safety around them when they first start using the internet and social media as it happens within the apparent safety of their home environment, however this is not always the case.
“The day will give us an opportunity to engage with both adults and children, exploring what they know about internet and internet safety and helping them to expand on any knowledge they may already have ensuring that the message of reporting any concerns and communicating with each other is reinforced.”
Safer Internet Day is organised in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre to promote safe and responsible use of online technology and mobile phones for children and young people. From cyberbullying to social networking, each year Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and chooses a topic reflecting current concerns.