News Release

Internet safety action in Bedlington

Dated: 19 Feb 2012

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Police in Bedlington have been back in the classroom speaking to youngsters about the importance of staying safe online.

Officers visited Stead Lane First School and ran workshops with the pupils, with PC Steve McIntosh and CSO Dave Johnston talking about the safe use of social media networks and giving tips about using online games and chatrooms.

The action was part of work to support National Internet Safety Day.

PC McIntosh said: "We spent a morning with the children and discussed a whole range of subjects related to internet safety. We talked about cyber bullying and the dangers of giving out information to people on the internet.

"The pupils asked lots of questions and took part in role plays and exercises. They seemed to enjoy the presentations and we were really pleased with the event."

After the visit the officers held an online meeting with the pupils giving them the chance to ask questions and put their computer skills to the test. Around 40 questions were put to the officers in the hour long session mostly around their job and the role of a police officer.