Learn how to help to keep children and others safe from extremism online by joining our free online safety session

16th July 2021

Are you a parent or carer? Do you know what your children are doing online?

 

Are you an adult in Sandwell? Are you aware of the Prevent Strategy?

 

Join Sandwell Council’s Prevent Team on Thursday, 29 July, from 5:30pm-6:15pm, for a short, interactive Microsoft Teams webinar for online safety in relation to extremism and Prevent.

 

The council’s Prevent Team works with partners and communities to stop people being drawn into extremism and terrorism; and in raising awareness of Prevent and how to report concerns.

 

The 30-minute online safety (extremism) session will cover:

 

  • Current online issues for children
  • Popular apps, games and social media platforms (including age limits)
  • How extremists aim to influence online
  • Signs of concern/risk of radicalisation
  • Tips and advice to keep your child safe online
  • Additional resources/links to support.

 

Parents and carers are encouraged to talk openly to their children about their online activity and help them understand what is safe and unsafe. The internet is a great tool; however it can also be a tricky place to navigate, with some misleading information and potential harms.

 

This session will immediately be followed by a short 15-minute briefing on raising awareness of Prevent. This includes information regarding the Prevent Duty, and a real life case study.

 

For more information visit www.sandwell.gov.uk/OnlineSafetyEvent

 

Councillor Maria Crompton, Sandwell Council’s Cabinet Member for Strong and Resilient Communities, said: “The internet is a great resource for young people.

“However, with social media and the internet becoming an increasing part of young people’s lives and a hub for interaction with their peers, they may be vulnerable to being targeted by those who wish to harm them.

 

“By giving parents or carers the information about how to stay safe online, we can stop the perpetrators in their tracks.”

 

For information on preventing extremism and terrorism, visit www.sandwell.gov.uk/prevent

 

Go to www.thinkuknow.co.uk for home activity packs to promote online safety with children.

 

If you’re worried about who your children are talking to online in relation to extremism, or for concerns around radicalisation, the website www.ACTEARLY.uk offers help and advice.

If you hear or see something that could be terrorist related, act on your instincts and call the police, in confidence, on 0800 789 321 or visit www.gov.uk/ACT

Published: 16th July 2021