Catchy song set to promote cyber bullying campaign

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A CATCHY song has been recorded with an animated video to raise awareness about staying safe online.

Portsmouth City Council has produced the song as part of its Beware of Lurking Trolls campaign.

FRIGHTENING Tormentor the Troll scaring Jack Mahoney, Laurence Coqueral and Jessica Ruddy at Westover Primary School. Picture: Sarah Standing (133165-8377)

FRIGHTENING Tormentor the Troll scaring Jack Mahoney, Laurence Coqueral and Jessica Ruddy at Westover Primary School. Picture: Sarah Standing (133165-8377)

The song is being shown every 20 minutes on the big screen in Guildhall Square.

It’s part of Portsmouth City Council and the Portsmouth Safeguarding Children’s Board’s campaign, which is aimed at keeping children and young people safe online.

Problems like cyber-bullying, grooming and fraud are increasing, and young people are especially vulnerable.

Lindy Elliot is the e-safety chairwoman and library manager.

She said: ‘We’re so pleased to unleash our Trolls song and video upon the big screen.

‘Children have reacted so positively to our children’s book and the video and it’s fantastic to see them engaging with this topic, as it can be a difficult one to broach with young people.

‘We have our program of Trolls assemblies visiting Portsmouth schools to help spread the message, and we urge parents to show the video to their children, and open the discussion with them about staying safe online.

‘The Trolls campaign is a fun way to open that conversation.’

The campaign was launched in November, and children across the city were given a copy of the book which contained characters demonstrating different dangers that are posed online.

Councillor Rob Wood, cabinet member for children and education, added: ‘It’s important we constantly remind young people about staying safe on the web.

‘We are hoping this addictive ditty will be widely shared and enjoyed whilst reinforcing that important message.’

For information, and to download your own digital copy of the children’s book, poster, or top Trollbusting tips leaflet visit portsmouth.gov.uk and search for trolls.

Information and help is also available at libraries throughout the city.