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Parents invited to discuss keeping children safe online

Safer Internet Day 2017 takes place next Tuesday, February 7, to promote safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

Among events taking place on the day is an online discussion about internet safety for young people, hosted by Thames Valley Police, the force which serves Berkshire.

The web chat, from 10.30am-11.30am, is aimed at parents, carers and people who work with young people.

PC Kim Dugmore, a schools and youth engagement officer, will be joined by a Thames Valley Police cyber crime adviser to answer questions.

Questions can be submitted anonymously and people can also get involved via Twitter by using the hashtag #AskTVP to submit questions.

Click here for the Thames Valley Police online discussion page and click here for online safety advice from the force.

Click here for full details of Safer Internet Day 2017.

A number of schools, businesses and other organisations in Berkshire are also taking part in activities on the day.

  • Autism Berkshire is launching its first Staying Safe on Social Media course for autistic adults on Thursday next week, February 9. 

    The three-week course, at Braywick Heath Nurseries in Maidenhead, will look at issues including online security, posting on social media and cyberbullying, as well as the positive side of the internet, including tools and software to enhance users’ experiences.

    The first courses are only open to residents of Slough and the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, as are funded by the two councils’ joint Adult & Community Learning Fund, but we hope to offer them elsewhere in Berkshire in future.

    Click here for more details of the course and information about our other community learning courses for autistic adults.