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Bebo launches workshop series in support of European Safer Internet Day
London – 06 January 2007: Bebo, the UK’s number one social networking site*, has today announced that it will conduct a series of Knowledge Transfer Workshops as an extension to European Safer Internet Day*.
Each workshop will bring together experts from organisations representing learning disabilities, anti-bullying and emotional support including; The National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism (NCCRI), Beatbullying and relevant law enforcement agencies in different parts of the UK and Republic of Ireland. The workshops aim to empower teachers and educationalists with knowledge and greater understanding about Social Networks and the internet.
“There is a true revolution of personal expression underway and Bebo is building a positive and inclusive online community. Social networks provide a unique platform for people to connect with others in new and innovative ways. Bebo is at the forefront of this phenomenon worldwide, but realises that in order for Social Networks to reach their potential there needs to be a greater understanding amongst the wider community,” stated Bebo’s Head of Corporate & Social Responsibilty, Dr Rachel O’Connell.
“European Safer Internet Day is focused on promoting safer use of the internet by drawing users' attention to the skills required to use computers and the internet as safely as possible. Bebo believes that by working closely with teachers and educationalists we can bridge a very real knowledge gap and empower them, enabling them to further support young people to use the internet safely whilst promoting positive regard, tolerance and inclusion”.
Initial workshops will be piloted in London followed by localities in Northern and Southern Ireland. They will then be rolled out to additional cities across the UK. The collective feedback from each workshop will form the basis of future training and it is Bebo’s intention to work with its stakeholders to produce take-away educational materials that can be distributed throughout schools and educational institutions in the UK and Ireland during 2007.
Today’s announcement builds on the introduction of Bebo’s anti-bullying measures and the ongoing augmentation of its safety features. Bebo is leading the safety field amongst Social Networking companies and is fully committed to building a safer online environment for its users. In addition to working in partnership with law enforcement Bebo is a member of the Home Office Internet Task Force and the DfES’s (Department for Education & Skills) Cyberbullying task force.