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The NSPCC has joined forces with Hampshire Constabulary to announce their first online safety workshop on the Isle of Wight.

Parents and carers are invited to attend this free hour-long workshop, which has been devised in partnership with O2, to help tackle the growing concerns of children’s safety online.

The evening will start with the recently launched Megan’s Story campaign from Hampshire Constabulary which aims to tackle the issue of children sending and sharing nude/sexual pictures online, followed by delivery of the NSPCC online safety workshop by NSPCC staff.

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The evening is an opportunity to gain skills and knowledge to understand more about the internet and technology– from online games and cyber bullying, through to setting up privacy settings and controls – and to help parents have the right conversations with their children.

It will be held at 18:00 on Tuesday 25th June at Carisbrooke CofE Primary School.

Emma Motherwell, NSPCC Campaigns Manager, said:

“The online world can be unfamiliar and sometimes daunting to parents. But to protect our children it is vital that we understand technology and can have informed conversations with them about it.

“The free workshop is designed to give parents the skills and knowledge to understand the internet as young people do and to encourage parents to talk to their children about the online world, its positives and its risks.

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“Anyone with children aged 7 – 11 is invited to this session. We believe that if parents and their children are aware of the potential opportunities and dangers faced online then they are better placed to protect themselves against them.”

Maria Carrick, School & Youth Engagement Coordinator from Hampshire Constabulary, said:

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with the NSPCC to hold an event which presents the opportunity for us to be able to speak to parents of young people about the dangers their children may encounter online.  With the right information and knowledge, parents can protect their children from these online risks.

“We’ll be showing our film, ‘Sending nudes: #ItHappenedToMe’ which tells the story of Megan, who at the age of 14, was tricked into send a nude photo of herself online, and shows the impact this had on her.”

Local Police officers and professionals will be on hand to answer questions and offer support during and after the event.

The event will open at 18:00 for refreshments, with a 18:30 prompt start.

There is limited availability for the workshop and places are available on a first come first served bases. For more information and to book go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nspcc-free-online-safety-workshop-for-parents-carers-isle-of-wight-tickets-61634517501.

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