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Councillor says Awareness is Key to Online Safety ahead of Cyber Safety Workshop

Published: 4 February, 2018

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor, Glenn Campbell, has welcomed a planned Cyber Safety training event being held in Omagh Branch Library on Tuesday

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor, Glenn Campbell, has welcomed a planned Cyber Safety training event being held in Omagh Branch Library on Tuesday

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor, Glenn Campbell, has welcomed a planned Cyber Safety training event being held in Omagh Branch Library on Tuesday 6th February at 6:00pm.

Speaking ahead of the training, Cllr Campbell said,

"Children and young people are increasingly being exposed to danger online. Parents need to be aware of the risks, so they can make informed decisions in order to protect their children online. Children as young as 3 years old have access to Internet websites and apps, via tablets and smartphones, that can put them at risk. In addition, much online content supposedly 'not for kids' is attractive to children and is inappropriate and potentially detrimental to their emotional well-being and development."

Welcoming the training being facilitated by Omagh Branch Library, Cllr Campbell said,

"Banning children and young people from accessing the Internet is not a viable option, in the current age, when technology and the Internet is pervasive and rightly being used extensively for teaching and learning. Our local libraries and their staff are to be commended for the breadth of services they make available to the public. Awareness is key to online safety, so I very much welcome this Cyber Safety training and I would encourage parents to attend."

ENDS

Notes to editor:

See further detail below (taken from: http://www.librariesni.org.uk/Libraries/Pages/Omagh-Library.aspx )