Worcester’s MP, Robin Walker, has today welcomed the launch of an online service designed to keep children safe on the internet.

ParentInfo, a collaboration between the National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) and Parent Zone (an independent online safety service), is a free online tool designed to give schools and parents up-to-date expert advice on supporting their children’s activity online.

The online service provides information on a range of topics including guides on digital safety to health and relationship advice is backed by the Government and was launched by the Department of Education in early September.

Robin commented: “I have always believed that utilising the internet as a resource is invaluable towards a child’s education, however the dangers are well documented and I am delighted that Parent Info can better prepare parents and teachers for what their children are viewing online. Having discussed internet safety with parents in Worcester for many years now I am delighted to see more being done to bring awareness to this issue.”

The pilot scheme of 100 schools was launched in January of this year and received overwhelmingly positive feedback from those involved.

Robin, who has been PPS to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan since May 2015, had weeks earlier attended an event hosted by housing charity Peabody and End Violence Against Women Coalition (EVAW) focused on understanding young people’s perspectives social media.

Robin said:

“I was enormously impressed at the thoughtfulness of the discussion led by young people and at the range of ideas, challenges and issues discussed at the event. I think it was very valuable for those policy makers present to hear from these bright young people and to have some of our assumptions about social media challenged. I shall certainly feed back their ideas and thoughts to the Department of Education and the Secretary of State, who as both Education Secretary and Secretary for Women and Equalities has a particularly strong interest in this area”

Notes to Editors:

To view more information on Parent Info please visit

http://www.parentinfo.org

To read more about the Peabody/EVAWC event please visit

http://www.peabody.org.uk/news-views/2015/oct/young-people-lead-westminster-debate