Lessons in internet safety for teenagers

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Youngsters from across the region were given lessons in how to stay safe from scammers and predators when using the internet.

A team from Google visited Leeds West Academy, in Bramley, and Carleton High, in Pontefract, to help pupils learn more about web safety.

The scheme is part of the Well Versed campaign which aims to help teenagers stay safe on the internet.

MPs Rachel Reeves and Yvette Cooper also visited their local schools to highlight the potential dangers pupils could face when using the web.

Dan Cobley, MD, Google UK, said: “The web has revolutionised the way we share information. But helping young people navigate the online world safely and confidently remains an ongoing challenge.

“We’re delighted to support the Well Versed campaign and empower teenagers to share their techniques for dealing with some of the day to day challenges of mastering life online.”

Campaigners hope that, inspired by their YouTube heroes, local teenagers will be the first of thousands across Britain to post film clips online with their tips for managing their life online.

The best videos from around the country will be collected into a final mash-up film which will be premiered at Google HQ in the summer.

The Yorkshire Evening Post recently reported that child protection experts in Leeds claim advances in digital technology are making it easier for children to fall victim to cyberbullying and online grooming.

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