Derby City Council’s Community Safety Team have been attending parents’ evenings at Chaddesden Park Primary School (pictured above) and Littleover Community School to talk to parents and students about online safety. Most of our young people are using the internet, social media and online gaming by the time they start secondary school and it is important to support parents and carers to keep their children safe online. The team share information with parents regarding online safety tips, online reputation and advice about how to start conversations with young people around sexting. Young people are also provided with information from the team’s ‘Stay Safe Online‘ campaign to encourage them to consider their safety and sensible choices when using the internet.

Councillor Asaf Afzal, Cabinet Member for Cohesion and Integration stated:

This is just one part of our continued commitment to educate children and parents of the dangers involved with using the internet. This is an area that we are going to strengthen in the year ahead.

Many parents spoke with the team and voiced their concerns regarding their children being exposed to the dangers of the internet and felt more confident and reassured with the advice they received.

Mr Wilding, Deputy Headteacher at Littleover Community school said:

Having representatives from the Community Safety Team at Parents’ Evenings is an important part of our on-line safety education for parents and for pupils. We cover issues of on-line safety throughout the curriculum, but it is often the parents who need the information in order to safeguard their children. We have a lot of useful information on our school website for parents, but having people here to talk to parents personally is vital in raising awareness.

The team also share many helpful online safety and community safety messages on their Facebook page (Derby Community Safety) and Twitter (DCC-Community Safety) pages.