Tameside Libraries are running sessions to help parents and carers keep their children safe online.
As part of the workshops, parents can bring their children’s phone, tablets and laptops for hands-on help in updating security and privacy settings.
Tameside Phoenix, the multi-agency team for tackling child sexual exploitation (CSE), has reported approximately 85 per cent of current CSE cases being investigated in the borough involve online activity.
As part of its wider ongoing work to tackle the issue, Tameside Libraries are taking the lead on a series of online safety sessions, which will be funded by the Greater Manchester Police & Crime Commissioner’s Office.
The sessions – delivered by Manchester-based digital innovation organisation MadLab – also focus on cyber bullying, online shopping, radicalisation, eating disorders and protecting personal information and images.
There are two separate one-hour sessions that parents, carers and youth workers can book onto.
The first is an introduction to the dangers of being online, and offers practical advice about online safety.
The second will provide practical help with updating devices with security settings.
The upcoming sessions will run as follows:
Tameside Council Deputy Executive Leader, Cllr John Taylor, said: “In Tameside – as in most places – we are seeing a significant link between online activity and child sexual exploitation.
“Being online is a part of everyday life, and is a valuable and important tool for children to use in learning and communication.
“However, I cannot stress enough the importance of parents and carers keeping updated and informed and taking some simple steps to help keep their children safe online.
“The library online safety courses have been designed to make this as simple, easy and convenient as possible.”
For further information and details on how to book onto a session, you can visit http://www.tameside.gov.uk/libraries/events/onlinesafety.