‘Stay safe online’ cyber security events in Newry

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Friday, January 29th, 2016
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Newry, Mourne and Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), in association with PSNI, are helping young people and adults to understand and survive the digital age. Stay safe online launch Jan 2016 -1The PCSP will host two cyber safety events in February. The first event, entitled ‘Staying Safe Online: Surviving the Digital Age’ will take place on Friday, 12th February for post-primary students in the local area. The second event, entitled ‘Staying Safe Online: Understanding the Digital Age’ will take place on Saturday, 13th February and is aimed at parents, educators and adults who work with children. Chair of Newry, Mourne and Down PCSP, Councillor Mickey Larkin explained, “Digital communication plays a large part in all of our lives and none more so than in the lives of young people. “New technology can be daunting and we are all guilty of ignoring things that we do not understand however we think it is vital for the safety of our young people and also parents and educators to make ourselves familiar with the risks and opportunities that the online world brings. He added, “These two events are aimed at helping young people and adults alike understand the digital landscape, recognise risks and understand the steps they can take to keep themselves safe online.” Both events have been tailored for the specific audiences attending each day. Councillor Larkin continued, “We have secured international speakers to attend the events to share their expertise and knowledge. We will welcome Ms Carol Todd (www.amandatodd.com) and Toronto Police College’s Constable Laurie McCann who will deliver presentations on the dangers we can encounter online. PSNI, NSPCC, Childline and Safeguarding NI Board will also facilitate discussion and advise on different aspects of online safety. “We also welcome Ms Dearbhail McDonald, Associate and Legal Editor of the Irish Independent, who will chair the proceedings.” Students from post primary schools across Newry, Mourne and Down have been invited to attend the event on Friday, 12 February, and adults, parents, educators and adults who work with children can apply to attend the Saturday, 13 February, by contacting Newry, Mourne and Down PCSP office on 0300 013 2233 or emailing pcsp@newryandmourne.gov.uk by Thursday, 4th February, 2016.

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