Children's Online Safety Conference held at Dukinfield Town Hall

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In a bid to improve online safety for children, schools in Tameside and partner organisations got together to discuss the issue at a conference.

Held at Dukinfield Town Hall on Thursday 20 June, the Tameside Council-supported event had over 140 individuals from a variety of professions attending including staff from schools, early years workers and police officers.

The free conference was sponsored by E-safe Global and Ben McGrath from the company was one of the speakers. It was organised as, while the Internet has opened up a world of opportunities and brought people closer together, there are considerable risks facing young people online.

Speakers from a variety of background discussed some of the challenges now facing schools in keeping pupils safe online and how to best keep pupils safe. This included using data effectively, risks of pornography, protecting from the dangers of online gambling and education in Internet safety.

By monitoring their online data, schools are now able to tackle safeguarding issues in their early stages and fast intervention is key when delivering positive outcomes for young people.

It's important to inform, educate and safeguard young people around gambling and social gaming, including from the lottery of so-called 'loot boxes' in video games.

The SSNAP (Safer Social Networking Activity Pack) team of students from Great Academy Ashton gave a presentation on supporting pupils and parents in using in the Internet safely. They were also part of the GMP Think You Know Week that was launched last year and have more recently been training other Tameside schools to have their own SSNAP teams.

Cllr Bill Fairfoull, Deputy Executive Leader of Tameside Council, said: "It's vital we protect the online safety of young people in the borough and help to create a digital resilience. This generation has grown up surrounded by digital technology it's great to see the young people supporting their peers and parents in safe Internet use."

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