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Safer 6: Help keep children safe online with a free Online Safety (Extremism) and Prevent webinar for parents and adult community members

Published 4th October 2021

If you are a parent or carer, do you know what your children are doing online?

Sandwell Council’s Prevent Team are taking part in Sandwell’s Safer 6 campaign by offering free online safety (Extremism) and Prevent sessions. Join the free online session on 19 October and 21 October and receive tips and advice to keep young people safe online.

Top tips include:
• Turn on filters/parent control settings
• Set accounts on private and report any issues through the apps
• Be ‘share aware’
• Keep up to date with online safety – the online world changes quickly
• Know where to access further support.

Parents are encouraged to talk openly to their children about their online activity and help them understand what is safe and unsafe. The internet is a great tool, but can also be a tricky place to navigate with some misleading information.

The sessions will be delivered on Microsoft Teams and will provide key information on popular apps and social media; as well as links for further advice and support. If you need help to get onto Microsoft Teams, please email prevent_inbox@sandwell.gov.uk or call 07717 427057.

Sandwell Council’s Prevent team, which works with partners and communities to stop people being drawn into extremism and terrorism, will also be explaining what Prevent is and how to report concerns.

The session times are as follows:
• Tuesday 19 October 2021 – 5.30pm-6.15pm
•Thursday 21 October 2021 – 5.30pm-6.15pm

Find out more information and to join at one of the times above (the text takes you to the weblink).

Sandwell Council Deputy Leader, Councillor Maria Crompton said: “The internet is a great resource for young people. However, with social media and the internet becoming an increasing part of young people’s lives and a hub for interaction with peers, they may be vulnerable to being targeted by those who wish to harm them.  By giving parents or carers the information about how to stay safe online we can stop the perpetrators in their tracks.”

Find out information on preventing extremism and terrorism (the text takes you to the weblink).

Go to www.thinkuknow.co.uk for home activity packs to promote online safety with children.

Anyone who is concerned about the safety of a young person should call West Midlands Police on 101, speak in confidence to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or in an emergency call 999.

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