My First Mobile – Online Awareness Toolkit launched by Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board (25 May 2017)

013 - 23-May -2017Over one hundred school staff attended the launch of My First Mobile online awareness website and toolkit on Tuesday 23 May 2017.

The event took place at the John Smith's Stadium in Huddersfield with an introduction from the Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson.

The website and toolkit has been created by Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board in partnership with West Yorkshire Police, staff and pupils from St Thomas CE Primary School in Huddersfield and Ravenshall School in Dewsbury. The aim of these resources is to keep children safe when they're using the internet, social networks, apps and games as a result of receiving their first mobile phone.

The project is funded through a £10k grant from the Police Crime Commissioner.

The event featured a five minute animated video produced by the students of The Creative and Media Studio School.

There wasl also three workshops where attendees debated safeguarding issues, and looked at ways to keep primary aged children in years 5 and 6 safe whilst online.

The Police Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson said:

"Stopping the exploitation of children is an absolute priority for us all. The key to tackling these issues is partnership working which is exactly what has enabled the creation of this innovative and engaging toolkit and website. These new resources will make it easier for teachers and parents to give young people the knowledge they need to stay safe while using a smartphone or the internet and I was pleased to be able to fund it."

To find out more about the resource visit www.myfirstmobilephone.org.uk

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