Today (Tuesday 9th February) marks Safer Internet Day across the nation and Corby Borough Council is marking it by promoting online safety to local young people. The campaign is overseen by the UK Safer Internet Centre which aims to promote safe and responsible use of the internet for young people.
The team are promoting a series of messages via Safer Corby’s social media platforms as well as useful agency links for people who want to improve their safety and security online.
A learning package has been produced for local primary schools, including quizzes and videos around cyber bullying, how to keep safe and how to reduce the risks of being targeted for grooming and exploitation. Before the lockdown, the team had also been working in partnership with the countywide Service Six TARGET project to deliver school online safety sessions across the borough.
Corby Borough Council’s Lead Member for Housing & Neighbourhood Services, Cllr Bob Eyles said:
‘Families are possibly spending more time than they usually would online during lockdown as it is in some case the only way to keep in touch with family and friends. It is vital that we are all aware that whilst we are using the internet responsibly, there are organised crime networks out there who are targeting vulnerable individuals and using grooming techniques to recruit them into a criminal or abusive lifestyle. We hope that by supporting this campaign, we can give advice to people to ensure they and their families stay safe when online and know what to do and who to contact if they think they’re being bullied or exploited in some way.’
If you know of a young person that could be at risk, the TARGET Project can provide 1-2-1 support and group sessions to help individuals stop any abuse they may be experiencing and increase their knowledge in keeping safe online. They can be contacted via TARGET Project Manager, Claire Connelly, email@example.com, or visit the website, www.servicesix.co.uk.
For more information on the campaign, either visit the Safer Corby Twitter, Facebook or Instagram sites or www.saferinternetday.org