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Internet safety workshops held to help parents in the Borders

A series of Internet safety sessions are be run in the Scottish Borders to give parents help and guidance on keeping children safe while online.

Officers in Kelso, Hawick, Eyemouth, Peebles, Galshiels and Melrose will hold a series of one hour sessions over the next six months.

A presentation by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Unit will be given highlighting the risks young people face while online. The sessions are open to everyone. PC Rachel Stevenson said:

Parents don't need to be technically minded to benefit from these seminars, nor should they feel embarrassed if they do not know much about computers or the internet. The purpose of the sessions is to highlight the potential risks that are present when a child is online so they can be avoided. At the start of the century social networking did not exist and it is important that we provide parents with all the necessary support to meet the new challenges the Internet presents for protecting children."

– PC Rachel Stevenson, Lothian and Borders Police