Advice on keeping youngsters safe online at Redditch Magistrates open day (From Redditch Advertiser)
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Advice on keeping youngsters safe online at Redditch Magistrates open day
5:10pm Friday 13th September 2013 in News
PEOPLE in Redditch and Bromsgrove will get a unique chance to look behind the scenes to see how the justice system really works next month.
An open day will take place at Redditch Magistrates Court on Saturday, October 5.
There will be lots going on during the day, including a presentation on the Probation Service and what it does, St Basil’s and its work with the homeless, abusive relationships, a mock trial including students from NEW College, and even the chance to get locked up in a cell or carried in prison transport.
One of the presentations on the day will be how to keep children and young people safe online, a subject which appears in the news on an almost daily basis.
The presentation will be given by Caroline Jephcott from Magistrates in the Community, Bromsgrove & Redditch Bench, and colleague Brent Robinson.
Caroline Jephcott said: “We will be focusing on the concerns of local young people and their parents, grandparents and professionals working with them.
“We will consider what are the risks to youngsters online in three main areas: content - what they can access, contact - online ‘friends’, and conduct - for example sexting and harassment. We will discuss how these risks can be minimised, what to do if things have already gone wrong, and what the court’s approach might be.”
On the day, they want to highlight to young people any behaviour which might put them at risk, or even on the wrong side of the law, and what they can do if they are worried.
They will be taking to parents, family and friends about setting groundrules, spotting signs that something is wrong with a young person that they are unable to openly share, and how best to help them.
They will also be talking about help available from professionals, such as from CEOPS (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Service (CEOPS), Beatbullying and the NSPCC.
The open day runs from 10am to 3.30pm and everyone is welcome to attend.
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