Be Cyber Smart events to raise awareness of cyber bullying

Edd Williams, Chief Inspector at West Mercia Police
Published Tuesday, 9th January 2018

Almost eight out of 10 young people admit to being bullied online or at least seeing someone else being bullied.

A survey conducted by Worcestershire's Children and Young People's Plan showed that parents and carers were concerned about cyberbullying and were unsure how to be aware of it.


A total of 79% of young people asked by Bullying UK have seen someone harassed or bullied online.


As a result of this, West Mercia Police, Parents Voice Worcestershire and Worcestershire County Council have partnered to bring parents and children in Worcestershire two cyberbullying events.


Councillor Andy Roberts, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Children and Families said: "Ensuring children are safe from harm is one of the council's key priorities. Cyberbullying is a big concern for young people, so these events are there to raise awareness and support parents, carers and young people in spotting the signs of cyberbullying, and how to protect themselves."


Edd Williams, Chief Inspector at West Mercia Police, said: "We all know that the internet can be an excellent place to learn, work and socialise, but it's important to make sure it's also a safe place for people of all ages.


"These free events offer young people and their families a really useful opportunity to talk about internet safety, and to ask questions in a relaxed, informal environment. I'd encourage anybody concerned about going online - or just curious about the latest online security tips - to pop along."


The events are being held as part of the #BeCyberSmart campaign against cyberbullying and online harassment 


Many children will have had electronic devices or smartphones for Christmas and the two events will help raise awareness of online safety and help to protect children online.


The identical events will be held at The Hive, Worcester on the following dates:

•           20th January, 10am - 1pm

•           7th February, 1pm - 5pm


The events will feature talks and advice from West Mercia Police and Community Safety Team and resources for parents and teachers to help keep children safe in the online world.