'Stay Safe Online'

‘Children and Young people today are either asleep or online’
(Eric Schmidt former CEO of Google)

In addition to this, statistics released by the NSPCC indicating a rise of 26 percent in online sexual offenses in Northern Ireland, demonstrates that there is an ever increasing need to keep children safe on line.

On Wednesday the 31st of May, the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (SBNI) through the work of the e-safety forum, launched their “Virtual Reality: Online Safety Training pack."

This awareness raising training pack is designed to educate parents, children and young people about the dangers of internet access and to promote positive messages on how to stay safe on line.

The aim of this cascade training initiative is to reach out to as many parents and children as possible by training around 1,000 staff and volunteers within the community, voluntary, and faith sectors in N.I over the next 6 to 12 months.

The package is designed to ensure that standardised messages on how to ‘stay safe online’ are disseminated as widely as possible.

The training tool has a number of key messages, warning of the dangers of cyber bullying, gaming, webcams, photos and to highlight the growing issues of consent and privacy on line.

To kick start the initiative, the police, who have trained around 127 officers to deliver the training, will run a number of evening roadshows across the province throughout June.

The session will last approximately 2.5 hours and participants will leave with ready made electronic training materials to cascade the awareness within their own organisations or faith setting.

If you are interested in being part of this safeguarding initiative all that you require to do is,

• Identify a suitable member(s) within your organsiation or faith group who currently deliver training.

• Register to attend one of a number of roadshows by contacting Michael O'Hare at SBNI Michael.OHare@hscni.net and put the date in your diary.

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Contact Us

Diocesan Safeguarding Office
Good Shepherd Centre,
511 Ormeau Road, Belfast
BT7 3GS
Tel: (028) 9049 2798
Email: office@soddc.org

Vetting Office
Catholic Church Northern Dioceses
Tel: (028) 9049 2783
Email: vetting@soddc.org

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