Published: Tuesday, 02nd July 2019
The new Always Be Wary toolkit is being rolled out to high schools across the Borders so that pupils are better informed about keeping safe online, specifically around grooming and child exploitation.
Always Be Wary
The resource was commissioned by the Scottish Borders Child Protection Committee (SBCPC) as part of their commitment to doing what they can to keep children and young people safe across the region.
They were keen to involve young people in the campaign and worked with a group of S3 pupils at Galashiels Academy to develop the Always Be Wary resource. It is based around a short animation followed by a discussion that aims to raise young peoples’ awareness about child protection and the importance of telling an adult they trust if they have any worries or concerns.
As well as being used in Scottish Borders schools, the toolkit has received national interest from both Education Scotland and the National CSE Group who are keen to promote the resource more widely. The pupils have also been invited to take part in a conference about young people and social media being held at Newcastle University later this year.
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Always Be Wary can be viewed on our YouTube channel.
Louis MacKenzie, Wiktoria Lasak, Connor Duncan, Macauley Esmer and Cameron Pringle
“This was a really positive experience for all of us. It gave us the chance to learn new skills and create something that we hope will help young people to be more aware of grooming, to know what to look out for and to know how important it is to share any concerns with a trusted adult. We have certainly learned so much ourselves by being involved in the project so if the message reaches even one young person who might be at risk or is being impacted, it will all have been worth it.”
Michael Batty, Independent Chair of the SBCPC
“This has been an excellent piece of work by these young people, which they should be rightly proud of. We think that the message about internet safety for young people is much more likely to be effective when it comes from other young people.”
Councillor Carol Hamilton, Executive Member for Children and Young People
“Always Be Wary is an innovative and extremely accessible way for an often difficult message to be conveyed to our young people and I agree that that it will be even more powerful because of the way in which they have been involved in its creation. I would now encourage all pupils and teachers to engage with it fully when it becomes available in their school so they can make sure they are as well informed and safe as they can be.”
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Find out more about the Child Protection Committees
Child Protection Committees were established across Scotland in 1991. Their role is to provide individual and collective leadership and direction for the management of child protection services across Scotland. They continue to work in partnership with their respective chief officers’ groups and the Scottish Government to take forward child protection policy and practice across Scotland. The SB-CPC is made up senior representatives from ourselves, NHS Borders, Police Scotland and the Voluntary Sector. More information is available on the Online Borders website.