Parents and carers of young people who attend Sandwell secondary schools are being invited to attend Clickwise sessions to learn about keeping safe online.
Sessions, also aimed at students who attend secondary schools, will focus on online safety and filters, child sexual exploitation (CSE) and exposure to pornography and other dangers online.
The sessions will be delivered by Adam Shaikh who is the Youth Commissioner of Sandwell and the Chair of SHAPE Youth Forum.
There will also be a performance and workshop focusing on spotting signs of grooming and exploitation from Loudmouth Education and Training, which are specialists in delivering safeguarding programmes.
Councillor Simon Hackett, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, is in full support of these sessions and urges parents and carers to book their places: “With children and young people now spending more time online it is essential they know how to stay safe.
“These sessions will give parents and carers some really good tips on how they can keep their children safe online and look out for warning signs of potential dangers.
“I urge people to get their place as soon as possible.”
The Clickwise project is holding seven sessions over the next six months in schools and academies in Sandwell.
These will take place from 6pm – 8pm and doors will open at 5.30pm.
The venues for each of the events are as follows:
To book a place on a session go to www.sandwell.gov.uk/shapeevents
Clickwise is a partnership venture led by Sandwell Council through the SHAPE Programme (child’s voice initiative in Sandwell) with local organisations such as West Midlands Police, Brook, Youth Services and Sandwell’s child sexual exploitation (CSE) team. The event is sponsored by the Safer Sandwell Partnership Local Police & Crime Board (SSPCB).