Police speak to youths about staying safe

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Police in Buxton have been heading out to chat to parents and youngsters about issues around anti-social behaviour and staying safe online.

PCSOs Alan Nield and Linda Cook from the Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team hosted a presentation evening to around 25 young people.

The presentation aimed to raise awareness of anti-social behaviour, the consequences of it, and how it can affect residents living in the local community. The officers also spoke about issues such as wasting police time.

Agencies including Adullam Housing, Moorecare, Enable, The Safe Group, Brighter Opportunities and The British Heart Foundation also attended the evening alongside the youth group.

PCSO Alan Nield from the Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Presentation evenings are a great way for us to speak directly to youth groups about community issues, along with offering advice to help them to stay safe while out and about.

“The event was really well supported by the young people themselves and the partner organisations that came along to offer their support.”

Issues covered included online grooming and the importance of selecting strong online privacy settings.

PC Mark Parkinson from the Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “PCSO Linda Cook and I headed into the school to speak to the parents about the steps that they can take to stay safe online.

“The evening was all about raising awareness of a number of issues to help parents, guardians and their children to enjoy using the web safely away from cyber criminals.

“I hope that they found the information useful and were able to take advice away to implement it at home.”