A group of students took to the streets of Leeds this weekend to raise awareness of grooming risks and online safety for children and young people.
The student arm of the Leeds Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) - which is made up of childcare and education students at Leeds City College - arranged for a dramatic production to demonstrate the dangers of sharing too much information online.
The ‘flash mob’ style performance took place on Saturday on Lands Lane in Leeds city centre. Performing Arts students from the college have worked with the Student LSCB to produce a powerful performance depicting online grooming – and asks the audience to question if you ever know who you are really talking to online.
The performance was arranged as part of the ‘Who are you really talking to?’ campaign with West Yorkshire Police, local children’s safeguarding boards and local authorities.
Jane Held, chair of the Leeds Safeguarding Children Board, said: “The student LSCB members are doing a fantastic job raising awareness about how to stay safe online amongst children and young people. Their idea for a flash-mob performance on a busy Saturday in Leeds city centre will help spread this important message.”
Detective Chief Inspector Sue Jenkinson, of West Yorkshire Police, added: “This is a great initiative with these young people coming up with their own, innovative way of getting across the message that people you speak to online may not be who they say they are. We need everyone to play their part by knowing the signs of child sexual exploitation and reporting anything of concern to us so that we can take positive action.”