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The Chronicle, Thursday, 19th November, 2009. 19

Stay safe in cyberspace is the anti-bullying message

The NSPCC is calling for parents to help their children stay safe in cyberspace, as part of anti bullying week.

forms of bullying because it can be so hard to escape. It can follow children around 24 hours a day, targeting them whenever they are online or on their mobile phone, even at home.

ChildLine because he was being bullied and he got hit by a group of boys in the park. He told ChildLine he felt sad because he didn’t know what to do about it and just wanted it to stop.

review content on their sites and make it easy for users to report inappropriate content so that it can be taken down quickly.”

The NSPCC has the following advice for parents or carers:

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It is being held as fi gres show that more than 2,000 children and young

eople in the North West dialled Childline last year to speak to counsellors about bullying.

The Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA), which is co-ordinating the awareness week, is made up of over 60 UK-wide organisations, including the

SPCC. Chris Cloke, head of child rotection awareness and chairman of the Anti-Bullying Alliance said: “Cyber bullying is one of the worst, most menacing

“It is especially worrying that some children are still not reporting it. I would urge any young person to tell someone they trust, like a teacher or a parent or ChildLine. Bullying online is as serious as bullying in the real world and it must not be tolerated.

“This year’s anti-bullying week focuses on encouraging children to stay safe in cyberspace. But adults also have to underline the message that cyber bullying is wrong.”

Last year 2,129 children and young people (1,211 girls and 918 boys) spoke to counsellors at ChildLine North West, based in Liverpool and Manchester, about bullying.

One young boy called

Another call was from a young girl who was also being bullied at school and felt other children were putting her down and weren’t listening to her. She said people were calling her names and ignoring her. She told ChildLine that all she wanted was to be friends with the other children but no one wanted to get to know her.

Mr Cloke added: “Parents can help by making sure their children know how to use the internet safely. Building relationships and trust from an early stage can make children more willing to talk about any problems or nasty material they see online.

“Internet service providers must also respond quickly when children report bullying. Social networking sites should regularly

● Go on the internet with your child and agree what sites are OK to visit. Regularly check that they are staying within the agreed limits.

● Encourage your child to talk to you about what they have been doing on the internet. Make sure they feel able to speak to you if they ever feel uncomfortable, upset or threatened by anything they see online · Encourage children to look out for each other when they’re online. Explain that it’s all part of staying safe and having fun together.

● Explain to children that it’s not safe to reveal personal information, such as their name, address or phone number on the internet. Encourage them to use a cool nickname rather than their own name.

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New committee elected

at annual meeting of disabled access group

Congleton Disabled Access Group held its recent annual meeting at the Unicorn pub, West Heath.

Reports from retiring offi cers were read out to members and visitors from Crewe and

antwich dial-a-ride, who also cover the Congleton area.

The following were elected: chairman John Wray, vice-chairman Ernest Penlington; secretary Janet Gross-Nicklaus; treasurer Margaret Andrews, fund-raising offi cer Dawn Allen, public relations offi cer Sue Thorley and allotment manager Roy Sample.

Lunch followed the voting and the landlord and his staff were thanked for the welcome the group always receives and for the use of the room.

Discussions followed about

activities over the previous year, out-going offi cers were thanked and there were updates on the Shopmobility project.

The next meeting is on Tuesday 1st December, noon2pm, at the Unicorn, where requests for allotment plots will be taken. There is no meeting in January.

Members of the public are always welcome at meetings where there is often a guest speaker. Lunches are available from the bar and the venue is fully accessible.

For information, contact Sue Thorley on 07759480900 (offi ce hours only), email, write to CDAG C/O 24 Greengate Road, Church Lawton, ST7 3EG, or call in at any meeting.

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Stunning views will be enjoyed on border walk

Countryside rangers are inviting people to join them on an exciting journey along the border of Staffordshire and Cheshire on Sunday.

The team from Staffordshire County Council will lead visitors along the Staffordshire Way, up and over the Cloud and on to Rushton Spencer before returning to Timbersbrook via Bridestones.

The ramble will span seven miles and take approximately four hours to complete if the weather is good. If the weather is poor, the distance covered will be reduced to four miles, which is expected to take around two hours.

People should wear warm clothing and sturdy footwear and bring a packed lunch.

The walk will start at 10am from the village car park at Timbersbrook.

Local county councillor Gill Heath said: “This is quite a lengthy walk but it is guaranteed to take in some amazing views of the Staffordshire Way and the surrounding area. Ramblers will cover a vast range of terrain during the trek and will defi nitely be able to burn off some calories ahead of Christmas.”

The cost is £2 for adults but free for children.

For more information call 01782 302030.

Invitation to join Our Gang at the Daneside Theatre

The Scouts and Guides of Congleton are presenting their biennial gang show “Our gang” at the Daneside Theatre opening on Saturday, 28th November and continuing from Monday 30th November to Saturday, 5th December.

Tickets are available for all performances by contacting the ticket secretary on 01260 299264 or 07896 835725.

● Attachments and weblinks on emails can contain viruses and may expose children to inappropriate material. Teach children to only open attachments or click on links from people they know.

The recent expansion of ChildLine means that there are even more ways for children and young people to access the help and support they need — by phone or online at

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Left, Lion president Pat Wiltshier with Mrs Holland and the magnifi er.

Congleton Lions Club recently donated £350 to Congleton resident Marilyn Holland to help her purchase an electronic magnifi er.

Despite having serious visual im airment she does lots of vol

untary work with sight-impaired people and the local talking newspaper.

The machine will help her with many everyday tasks as well as reading.

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