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Local institutions get behind Safer Internet Day

A number of Winchester businesses and schools have offered their support for Safer Internet Day, which aims to bring people “Together for a better internet”.

This follows Hampshire teenager Megan Hinton speaking out about being tricked into posting nude photos online.

A Cyber Ambassador scheme was rolled out by the Hampshire Police and Crime Commission in the past week, which aimed to have informed pupils educate their peers in staying safe.

The programme featured the use of ‘cyber sea-monsters’ in order to engage a younger audience.

A pupil from Medstead School in Alton said: “I think it is really interesting to be taught about e-safety by someone our age, we haven’t done this before. It isn’t boring and there were activities to do”.

Meanwhile, Andrew Woods, a spokesperson for Harrap ICT based in Winchester, said that exclusively working with schools has shown him the importance of online safety.

“We support Safer Internet Day because we understand the importance of being educated in the dangers and responsibilities that arise for young people using the internet. We seek to educate them on making the most of the internet, whilst avoiding some of the pitfalls.”

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