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Invergordon schools collaborate on internet and gaming safety sessions aimed at keeping kids safe online and while using social media


By Hector MacKenzie

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Schools are keen to help parents keep children safe from unscrupulous individuals and practices whilst online.
Schools are keen to help parents keep children safe from unscrupulous individuals and practices whilst online.

EASTER Ross schools have joined forces to help parents keep their children safe on the internet and while using social media.

In recent years, efforts to protect children from unwanted advances from seemingly friendly strangers on social media platforms and some of the darker sides of the internet have been stepped up.

Internet and gaming safety sessions run by an expert within Highland Council are to be delivered to interested parents and carers of pupils attending schools in Invergordon.

South Lodge Primary head teacher David Hayes-MacLeod posted: "We have had issues in the past with children perhaps not being as safe as they can be on the internet and more specifically social media.

"We do try and teach them the dangers of, for example, certain gaming platforms that have chat features and to not share personal details or pictures with people that they do not know no matter how 'nice' they seem to be.

"I am also aware that parents are sometimes at a loss in what they can do or what to look out for and therefore I am delighted to say that the Invergordon schools have all met together and we have managed to secure the time of Robert Quigley who is a collaborative lead officer for Highland Council specialising in the digital aspect of Education.

"He has put together two virtual sessions which you are all invited to attend to talk you through certain issues and to equip you with the tools needed to ensure your children are safe at home on their devices. I would stress to you all to really try and attend these sessions as I know for a fact Robert is an expert in this field."

The sessions are being held on February 9 and 16 at 9pm and will last for approx 90 minutes.

Links to the sessions will be sent out nearer the time.

Mr Hayes-MacLeod added: "Please do try and keep this time free to attend as the information will be extremely valuable."


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