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Online safety campaign to help protect youngsters

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A campaign to educate people to keep youngsters safe online is being launched in Jersey.

New figures show more than half of 3-4 year olds access the internet for at least 8 hours per week.

The aim of the project is to educate teachers, parents and schoolchildren on how to stay safe online.

Events are set to take place across the week with more than 100 teaching staff attending a conference at Pomme D'or today (Monday 22nd October).

The campaign is a key part of the government's Cyber Security Strategy.

Education Minister, Senator Tracey Vallois is opening the conference and has said we must do everything to arm children with the knowledge and tools to identify the risks they face online.

Much of this work must start in the home with parents but we recognise that this can be a daunting task, especially when the so called 'expertise' lies in the hands of our children, who have been born into a world of digital technologies.

– Senator Tracey Vallois, Education Minister.

Senator Vallois also said that this is a pivotal time for the island as a series of improvements are being made to support young people.