RADAR tackles online risks for NI youth

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  • L-R, Sandra Leo, RADAR Centre Manager, Dáire Kelly, winner of the #shareaheart competition at RADAR with his prize and winning image in the background, and his teacher at St Patrick’s and St Joseph’s Primary School Coleraine, Sinead Duggan.

    With figures released to mark Safer Internet Day 2016 (Tues 9 Feb) revealing that only 47% of young people actively take steps to avoid being contacted by strangers online, RADAR (Risk Avoidance Danger Awareness Resource) is taking the lead in educating young people in Northern Ireland on how to avoid being a victim of online crime.

    In support of the global awareness campaign, a team of RADAR experts from the new 25,000sq ft. purpose-built facility in Belfast, educated schoolchildren on the risks and potential dangers associated with the worldwide web.  

    Pupils from Garvagh Primary School, Gorran Controlled Primary School and St Patrick’s & St Joseph’s Primary School from Coleraine focused on issues including privacy, ‘safe’ content and online behaviour. The children also took part in the #shareaheart campaign - a Safer Internet Day initiative which encourages young people to create artwork to promote respect and kindness online.

    Of the event, RADAR centre manager, Sandra Leo, said: “Our whole focus at RADAR is prevention rather than cure. We want to equip children with the necessary skills to stay safe online from as early an age as possible. By helping young people to understand how to use the internet and social media safely, we aim to reduce the numbers who end up being the victims of abuse online.”


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