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Bebo has announced that it is conducting a series of workshops to raise understanding among teachers and schools staff about social networks and the internet.

These 'Knowledge Transfer Workshops' are part of the campaign to highlight the risks of internet use, and coincide with today's European Safer Internet Day.

Bebo's workshops, starting in London before being rolled out to the rest of the UK, will present information from experts in learning disabilities, anti-bullying and emotional support.

These organisations will include The National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism (NCCRI), Beatbullying, and various local police authorities.

Though social networks provide an excellent opportunity for young people to develop friendships, and there are many who are too willing to share personal details with strangers - one in twelve people go on to meet someone they first made contact with online.

Jim Gamble of the CEOP(Child Exploitation and Online Protection)Centre explains the importance of awareness of the dangers:

"It's a fact that where children go, sexual predators may follow. In previous years this threat manufactured itself in the playground. "

"As part of European Safer Internet Day we're asking people to stop and think about the risks they take online. We want them to take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about the steps they can take to avoid falling victim to sexual abuse, and indeed any online threat."

Young people and parents are advised to visit http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ for information about internet safety.

Graham Charlton

Published 6 February, 2007 by Graham Charlton

Graham Charlton is the former Editor-in-Chief at Econsultancy. Follow him on Twitter or connect via Linkedin or Google+

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