Latest advice on online safety for children and young people

'Getting It Right...Keeping Your Child Safe', the annual free online safety seminar organised by Perth & Kinross Council and partner agencies, returns for the seventh time at the Perth Playhouse cinema on Thursday 1 March 2018.

Held to raise awareness about the current challenges of keeping children and young people safe online, the event is for parents and carers, social work, education and childcare professionals, and members of the public more generally. 

This year, the seminar will include keynote presentations covering four topics:
• Emerging risks: what challenges do children face in a developing digital world, and how do we support when things go wrong?
• Sexting in schools: responding to incidents and safeguarding young people
• Online extremism: what are the vulnerabilities and risks to young people?
• Young people and their public persona: how digital technology has transformed a generation 

Attendees will hear from key speakers Tink Palmer MBE, Chief Executive of the Marie Collins Foundation, a UK charity which enables children who suffer sexual abuse and exploitation via internet and mobile technologies to recover and live safe, fulfilling lives;  Charlotte Aynsley, Director of E-Safety Training and Consultancy; Superintendent Paul Betts of West Midlands Police; and Education Scotland Digital Skills Officer Michael Conlon.

All the presentations will explore the current challenges in keeping children and young people safe in a digital environment. The seminar has been very popular each year since it was first held in 2012, with hundreds of parents, carers, family members and professionals attending. The event's positive impact has also been recognised nationally in recent times, when it was shortlisted as a finalist in the inaugural Scottish Cyber Awards  in 2016.

The Council's Lifelong Learning Convener, Councillor Caroline Shiers commented: "The digital world is something our children and young people are very familiar and probably feel more comfortable with than their parents and older relatives. However, understanding the risks that it presents, and how we can best guide and help protect them from online dangers, is vital for adults who care for, or work with children and young people on a daily basis. I hope this will again be a very well-attended event and help parents, carers and professionals alike feel confident about discussing online safety."

Sessions are available from 9.30am to 11.30am, 1pm to 3pm and 5.30pm to 7.30pm, and are open to anyone over the age of 16. Places are limited and going fast, so to make a booking, please go online to http://pkc.GIRFEC-Event-2018-Booking.sgizmo.com/s3/.  For further information, please call Catriona Scobbie on 01738 477861.