Social media safety such as setting privacy settings to the highest level and refusing friend requests from strangers were just some of the safety measures discussed by thousands of young people from across Basingstoke and Deane, Hart and Rushmoor during a “Think Safe” initiative.
Other issues covered during the annual community safety initiative included keeping computers in family rooms where activity can be monitored, thinking carefully about images and videos before sharing and avoiding using webcams unless talking to close family or friends. Wider safety issues were also explored including how to respond if a stranger approaches, how to help a casualty and the importance of identifying potentially harmful products.
More than 3,500 young people from Year Six, all aged between ten and 11 years-old, spent time with a number of organisations and charities, including Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire Fire and Rescue, the Royal Military Police, the British Transport Police, Network Rail, Sainsbury’s and You Trust, learning through a series of interactive scenarios.
The students attended sessions at two sites; the Aldershot Enterprise Centre, in Gallwey Road, Aldershot, and Bramley Army Training Camp, in Basingstoke, during the course, organised by the Safer North Hampshire* community safety team in Hart and Rushmoor and the Community Support team in Basingstoke.
Around 1,900 students from the Basingstoke and Deane area (from 40 schools) attended the sessions over a two week period, with 855 students from Hart (from 12 schools) and 818 young people from Rushmoor (from 15 schools) also taking part in the initiative.
Councillor Simon Bound, Chairman of the Safer North Hampshire Partnership, said: “We are grateful to all of the organisations who volunteered their time to give young people experience of important life skills which could, one day, help to save their life, or someone else’s.”
For more information visit www.safernh.co.uk