Parkes PCYC hosting free interactive presentation on Safer Internet Day

Senior Constable Lorraine Upward with a youth. Photo: File photo
Senior Constable Lorraine Upward with a youth. Photo: File photo

PCYC NSW and the NSW Police Youth and Crime Prevention Command will be hosting free interactive presentations to keep Parkes local young people and families safe online as part of Safer Internet Day on Tuesday, February 5.

The presentations will be delivered by Police to parents and young people across all 64 PCYC’s, including PCYC Parkes, as part of the state-wide prevention initiative.

The presentation will focus on the 2019 theme “Together for a better internet” which encourages individuals to create a better internet by developing four critical skills known as the 4R’s: Respect – Responsibility – Reasoning – Resilience.

Dominic Teakle, CEO, PCYC NSW said the issue is relevant for young people, parents and the community alike.

“PCYC sits at the heart of most NSW communities so we believe it is our responsibility to ensure we provide cyber education to empower young people to combat issues around cyberbullying, sharing information online particularly images that may be compromising, and developing respectful and safe relationships,” he said.

“There is no doubt that technology has transformed our lives and while it has many benefits, there are those that use it for criminal and harmful purposes.

“It is critical to have open and honest discussions with young people about the internet, particularly social media use. This session is designed to educate our children with the right information so they can stay safe online and offline.”

The NSW Police Youth and Crime Prevention Command is sending this timely reminder to everyone planning to socialise or conduct transactions online.

Acting Superintendent Mark Wall, Youth and Crime Prevention Command, NSW Police said it is important to be cautious at all times.

“We urge all online users to have strong security measures in place, with a password containing letters, numbers and symbols and make sure all your software is up to date,” he said.

“Avoid giving out personal details when possible and ensure that you have a secure connection before conducting any online transactions.

“It is important to remind your friends and family that before posting images and information online, it is almost impossible to remove them.”

Celebrated globally in 130 countries, Safer Internet Day is coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.

The free Safer Internet Day interactive presentation at PCYC Parkes will be held on Tuesday, February 5 at 7pm. For more information, call 02 6862 3825.

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