Over 1000 pupils from across the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough have received important lessons about online safety at the ‘Don’t Worry Be #appy’ Internet Resilience and Safety conference held at the Ulster University in Coleraine.
The Conference, which is the first of its kind for the area, was organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PSCP) in partnership with the NSPCC, Western Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Health and Social Care Trust and the Education Authority.
The aim of the conference was to help educate young people about how to keep safe, well and healthy online whilst also respecting that the digital world is important to them, their lives and future careers.
The conference included a wide range of speakers who have influence in the digital world including local vlogger Adam McCallion, otherwise known as ‘IzonHow’ and online safety trainer Wayne Denner who highlighted the online positives and pitfalls, including the importance of your online reputation.
The PSNI provided an overview of digital crime statistics and how to prevent falling victim to scams while the NSPCC, in partnership with local 02 Gurus highlighted the importance of utilising security settings on mobile devices. The day ended with an insightful talk from ChildLine vlogger Maja who provided information on how to keep yourself healthy online and the support measures which are available.
Speaking about the project, PCSP Chairperson, Councillor Margaret Anne McKillop said: “The internet is a wonderful world to be part of. We recognise that there are many exciting opportunities for young people online, including recreation, learning, careers and education. However we also know that there can be real dangers and it is important that to make our young people aware of this. Through projects like this, Causeway Coast and Glens PCSP is committed to help protect young people from the worst the digital world has to offer by providing them with the tools they need to keep them safe online and build resilience. We are delighted that over 1000 post-primary pupils have benefited from today’s conference.”
“I would appeal to all young people to always use internet privacy settings, never add people you don’t know into your social networks and report any unwanted attention to your parents or the police.”