Police give youngsters lessons in 'stranger danger' and online safety
9:10am Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
YOUNGSTERS across Bolton are getting clued up on stranger danger during school time sessions run by police.
Police Community Support Officers have been visiting primary schools to ensure children know how to stay safe as the dark nights set in.
PCSO Mick Farrell, for Bolton Central NPT, has been visiting schools in Rumworth, the area he covers, speaking to children aged from four to aged 11.
He said: “It is important that we talk to as many children as we can about stranger danger.
“Some youngsters can be quite vulnerable as they will speak to anybody. I speak to the children about who strangers are and what are bad strangers and what are good strangers.
“I raise awareness with about safe places to go and places not safe to go. I also tell them who they are safe to speak to and who they are not safe to speak to.”
He said the sessions are tailored differently for different age groups.
Younger children are advised to take descriptions of people acting suspiciously by remembering what they look like from head-to-toe. He puts what they haved learned to the test by asking them to describe him or someone else at the session.
Older children have been learning about how to avoid putting themselves at risk online as well as outdoors.
PCSO Farrell said: “Internet safety is quite prevalent now as a lot of children are on Facebook. I tell them not to delete anything someone says to them or something they see that is not right as it helps police with investigations.
“I advise children not to tell people where they live, give out any personal information and not to put any photos of themselves online.”
He said feedback from the talks is always positive. They usually take place at the start of the school year.
Insp Andy Sidebotham, for Bolton Central NPT, said the Stranger Danger talks help children build up a relationship with their local PCSOs and gets the important message of being safe across.
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