How Safe Are Your Children?
8:03am 20th November 2012
How safe are your children? That's the question being asked of parents in South Dorset this week (19th-23rd November).
A series of public drop-in sessions are taking place at Weymouth's Community Firestation - Radipole Lane - to coincide with Safeguarding Week.
Parents can learn more about what they can do to ensure their son or daughter is surfing the internet safety and not falling victim to domestic violence.
Sessions take place between 10am - 4pm until Friday.
5,000 youngsters are referred to safeguarding teams every year, and although the number is low in Dorset Officials want more to be done.
Dorset Safeguarding Board Chair Richard Stowe says it's more important than ever to talk about the issues: "We're in the business of trying to help the public help themselves, our drop-in sessions run all week from 10am until 4pm. Children have to grow and take risks, but parents should sit down and talk with their own and talk about the issues they have to face".
A main issue facing parents today is the evolution of digital technology, the internet and social networking. Mr Stowe warns parents their children probably know more about computers than they do, so it's vital to know what they're doing online - click below to hear more.
You can learn more about this week's Safeguarding sessions here online http://www.dorsetlscb.co.uk/site/