Lyttle supports Safer Internet Day

Alliance OFMDFM spokesperson, Chris Lyttle MLA, has given his support for the Safer Internet Day campaign which will take place on Tuesday 11th February. His comments were made ahead of an Assembly debate on this issue.

Chris Lyttle MLA said: “I am very pleased to support the Safer Internet Day campaign. As young people spend more time online and use a greater variety of devices such as smartphones and tablets, it is even more important that Executive Departments work together to promote e-safety.

“While the internet can be a valuable educational tool, it can also pose many dangers for young people. The Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland and the National Children’s Bureau recently launched a report on e-safety which highlighted the concerns that children and their parents have of online dangers. This report also recommended the creation of an e-safety forum to act as a single point of contact for e-safety advice and to co-ordinate government actions. I hope this will be implemented by the First and deputy First Ministers.

“I also believe that delivering e-safety through the school curriculum is the best way to raise awareness of possible dangers and to encourage young people to take sensible precautions when going online.”


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