Police launched the CHAT SHARE THINK! schools project in Ballycastle last week, empowering young people, parents and teachers in understanding the risks associated with growing up and forming relationships in a digital age.
The result is a hard hitting series of workshops for pupils and parents which deal with issues such as on line grooming, general internet safety and guidance on the law on the sharing of indecent images.
The project has been rolled out to around 5,000 pupils in the Coleraine, Ballymena and Moyle areas. With the support of local PCSPs, CHAT SHARE THINK! will be rolled out to another 20,000 pupils over the next 18 months.
Siobhan Ennis is the project lead, based in Ballymoney: “CHAT SHARE THINK! is about empowering young people to make the most out of the internet and social media.
“We give them simple advice like, don’t share anything that you wouldn’t want your granny to see as well as explaining some of the more serious dealings we have had with victims and offender.
“It can make for uncomfortable listening for parents and pupils, but ultimately the project aims to protect our young people and ground their virtual world in real world scenarios.
“We are delighted to have launched CHAT SHARE THINK! on Internet Safety Day and are ready for it to go viral.”