Anna Lo MLA said: “It is of paramount importance that young people are aware of the dangers they could face online and the measures they should take to keep themselves safe. This is a very welcome campaign and I want to praise all the organisations involved in it.
“It is staggering and deeply worrying that figures released with the launch of this scheme show that 65% of teenagers surveyed said they had responded to or contacted a stranger online or through a social networking site.
“The survey also showed that 58% of teenagers’ parents do nothing to encourage online safety. I would appeal to parents to make sure they monitor their children and do all they can to protect them whilst they are using the internet.
“The internet can be a vital learning resource, but young people must be protected, and know how to protect themselves as they use it.”