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Cyberbullying, social networking, digital identity – how to understand and tackle the issues

Almost all of us use the internet and clearly it has many pluses, but there is also a dark side too, which is one of the reasons Safer Internet Day has become a global landmark event in the online safety calendar.

This year, Hawkesbury residents have the chance to take part in a free community seminar organised by our local Police Area Command which will highlight some of the issues surrounding online activity to assist parents and carers so they can support young people to have safe and respectful online relationships - plus what to do if things go wrong.

Originally an initiative of the European Union SafeBorders project in 2004 and taken up by the Insafe network as one of its earliest actions in 2005, Safer Internet Day has grown beyond its traditional geographic zone and is now celebrated in 170 countries worldwide.

From cyberbullying to social networking to digital identity, each year Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and current concerns.

This is an opportunity for parents and/or carers to register an interest in attending the seminar, to be held between 7pm and 9pm on Tuesday February 9 at a Richmond location (details to be supplied to successful applicants).

To register your interest, send an email to Hawkesbury Police’s Customer Service Duty Officer, Chief Inspector Garry Sims APM on 33211@police.nsw.gov.au

This will be a strictly ticketed and COVID-19 safe environment with numbers restricted to 20 participants.

Get in now and book your place.

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