West Yorkshire Police and Huddersfield New College team up to raise awareness about staying safe online (19 May 2017)

West Yorkshire Police has teamed up with students from Huddersfield New College to raise awareness about cyber crime and staying safe online. 

Kirklees District Police has a dedicated Digital Media Investigator and as part of this role they have been working closely with schools and the public to inform, educate and assist anyone with any issues or concerns on cyber crime and staying safe online. 

On Tuesday 23 May, the New College Performing Arts students will perform to over 100 local year 10 students in performances which focus on cyber-bullying, sexting and stalking - exploring the relationships between children and parents and the effects that cyber crime can have on young people and adults. As well as covering a range of important subjects, which will give the audience useful tips and talking points for themselves, teachers and parents. 

Cyber crime can affect anyone with access to a computer, mobile phone, tablet or similar device and has been identified as a major threat to police and law enforcement agencies. 

Sergeant Paul James, Digital Media Investigator at Kirklees District Police, said: "It has been fantastic to work alongside the students and tutors at New College on this project and I am really looking forward to watching the performances." 

"West Yorkshire Police are always looking at ways to engage with our communities to highlight the modern day dangers of cyber crime and it's important for the public to understand how to protect themselves against being a victim of cyber crime and how to stay safe on-line." 

"I would like to thank all the students and their tutors Paul Sanders and Mark Johnson for all their hard work, support, research and dedication to this project. I hope we can work together again in the future." 

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "Keeping everyone safe online is a key focus for me and that is why I funded the creation of West Yorkshire Police's dedicated Cyber Unit. You only need to look at the effect of the recent attacks on NHS to know how serious the consequences of cyber crime can be. 

"The vast majority of cyber crime is preventable so one of the best ways of tackling it is to raise awareness of what it is and how you can stay safe, which is exactly what these performances are doing in an innovative and engaging way. 

"I am very much looking forward to watching the performance and thanking all those involved personally." 

Paul Sanders and Mark Johnson, BTEC Performing Arts course leaders at Huddersfield New College, said: "We were keen to take up this exciting opportunity for our talented Performing Arts students to work on a 'real life' project with the police.  

"Our students have worked closely with the police to produce impacting and dynamic performance work for the target audience of high school pupils. They have approached the challenging subject matter with creativity and imagination, communicating important themes and messages to both young people and parents. We are extremely proud of the work they have created and the mature way our students have engaged with the project." 

Pupils from Honley High and Moorend Academy who will be attending the performances next week, are being supported by Metro who have donated the use of their Yellow buses for the schools to transport the students to and from New College and will be staffed by a PCSO. 

For more information on cyber crime and the Force's campaigns, please visit: http://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/cyber

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