Teaming up to keep kids safe

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MOTHERWELL FC and North Lanarkshire Council have joined forces to create a website highlighting internet safety to children.

The site features an animated boy who takes children through five golden rules to stay safe online, and offers advice and tips on social networking, chat rooms and cyber bullying.

Motherwell FC developed the website as part of their community programme in partnership with the council’s child protection team.

‘Well hero Stevie Kirk, who is now business development manager with MFC’s Community Trust, said: “We’ll be taking the internet safety message to all primary schools in North Lanarkshire as part of our community programme.

“We hope that through kids’ interest in football we can help promote the importance of staying safe online.

“Chat rooms, gaming and social networking sites are now so popular with children of all ages and there can be dangers out there if children aren’t careful how they use the technology.

“Our website gives practical tips on protecting yourself like using a nickname, never arranging to meet people they have ‘spoken’ to online and not giving out personal details.”

For full story, see this week’s Times & Speaker, dated on Thursday, December 8.