Council to address cyberbullying

Dangers of interacting online will be highlighted at the event
Dangers of interacting online will be highlighted at the event

Parents and carers of young people are being encouraged to take part in an event to highlight online safety.

West Lothian Council is set to host meetings with industry experts on internet safety, as part of a project to celebrate Safer Internet Day 2016.

Child exploitation and online protection internet safety films will be screened at the new Bathgate Cinema on George Street on Friday, February 12 from 10am to 11.30am. The event is free and open to everyone.

Police officers will introduce and provide commentary on the films, giving parents and carers first-hand experience of the internet safety lessons pupils receive in school. Advice will be offered at information stalls from 12pm until 3pm.

Throughout the week, the council’s social media channels on Facebook and Twitter will feature information on different aspects of online safety, including cyberbullying, ‘sexting’, gaming safely, and dealing with viruses and malware.

Over 100 countries are taking part in Safer Internet Day this year.

Visit www.westlothian.gov.uk/saferinternet for more information.