Spotlight on social media sites

Young people from MADS with (back row l-r) Ciaran Corr MADS, Constable Clarke PSNI, Ian Coulter Youth Justice Agency, Lynette Cooke PCSP (Front row l-r) Orlaigh McKenna Nexus, Mayor of Craigavon Councillor Colin McCusker & Gerry McIlroy Chair of Brownlow Festival Committee.

Young people from MADS with (back row l-r) Ciaran Corr MADS, Constable Clarke PSNI, Ian Coulter Youth Justice Agency, Lynette Cooke PCSP (Front row l-r) Orlaigh McKenna Nexus, Mayor of Craigavon Councillor Colin McCusker & Gerry McIlroy Chair of Brownlow Festival Committee.

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Over 150 parents and young people recently attended a ‘Social Networking – Safety First’ event in Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre.

Organised by Craigavon Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) as part of Brownlow Festival, the event illustrated the dangers that young people can face online and how to make sure they keep safe and know how to report issues.

At the event Moyraverty Amateur Dramatics Society (MADS) performed a short play, the PSNI hosted an interactive workshop to help educate young people on how to avoid certain situations and an inspirational speaker gave further expert advice.

As part of the PCSP’s Consequences of Social Networking Action Plan, they are working with year 7 and 8 pupils to design a social networking calendar again this year. The calendar will highlight the dangers and pitfalls of social networking.

The pictures which will be included in the calendar will be the winners of a competition, schools can sign up by contacting 028 3831 2529.