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Internet safety training offered to worried parents

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Parents concerned about their child’s safety on the internet are being encouraged to sign up for a training session in Omagh Library on Tuesday.

The ‘Cyber Safety for Parents’ session will contain information from professionals on: Cyberbullying, ‘sexting’, social media risks and online gaming,

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The session runs from 6pm and is aimed at parents and carers. The organisers have advised that it is unsuitable for children and under-18s will not be admitted.

To book a place, contact Julie Gibson or Edwin Johnston on (028) 8244 0733.

Welcoming the session, Sinn Féin Councillor, Glenn Campbell said, “Children and young people are increasingly being exposed to danger online. Parents need to be aware of the risks, so they can make informed decisions in order to protect their children online. 

“Children as young as three have access to internet websites and apps, via tablets and smartphones, that can put them at risk. In addition, much online content, supposedly ‘not for kids’ is attractive to children and is inappropriate and potentially detrimental to their emotional well-being and development.

“Banning children and young people from accessing the internet is not a viable option, in the current age, when technology and the internet is pervasive and rightly being used extensively for teaching and learning.

“Our local libraries and their staff are to be commended for the breadth of services they make available to the public. Awareness is key to online safety, so I very much welcome this Cyber Safety training and I would encourage parents to attend.”

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