Staying safe online

Friday, 22 September 2017

Free courses designed to show people the simple steps they can take to make sure they, and young people they look after, stay safe online are being offered by North Yorkshire County Council during this year’s Safeguarding Week.

The North Yorkshire Adult Learning and Skills Service is running free ‘Simply e-safety’ courses during Safeguarding Week from 9 to 13 October 2017. The free two-hour sessions will be held at locations across the county and are primarily aimed at teaching parents and carers how to keep young people safe online, but anyone concerned about internet safety can go along.

"Internet safety is something we should all be aware of" said County Councillor Janet Sanderson, Executive Member for Children's Services. "It’s easy for any of us to type in a word by mistake and end up looking at something we shouldn't, but for parents and carers with young people who are online every day, it can be especially worrying.

"The internet can be a wonderful tool for communication and learning, but young people are particularly at risk when using it, which is why the North Yorkshire Adult Learning and Skills service is putting on courses about how to stay safe online."

There will be morning, afternoon and evening sessions in Selby, Northallerton, Richmondshire, Scarborough, Whitby, Ryedale, Harrogate and Skipton. For details and to book, go to, call 01609 780780 or email

The courses are part of the work being done to support Safeguarding Week across North Yorkshire. This year’s theme is Safeguarding is everybody’s business and its aim is to raise awareness of the different forms abuse can take across all age groups – children, young people and adults. It is also a chance to look at complex issues like protecting young people from abuse online.

The event is being supported by the four safeguarding boards that look after children, young people and adults in North Yorkshire and York and their partner organisations, including the Office of the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner and the Community Safety Partnerships.

Anyone in the Borough of Scarborough who is concerned that someone they know may be the subject of abuse should report it via the most appropriate website below: