East Hampshire children learn how to stay safe and sound

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FROM smoky rooms to sinister cyber bullies school children were given a lesson in the dangers of the modern world.

Hundreds of 10 and eleven-year-olds from schools throughout East Hampshire took part in the ThinkSafe 2011 event which was held at Queen Elizabeth Country Park this month.

ThinkSafe, which is sponsored by Waitrose, teaches young people how to keep safe and be responsible in real-life situations. The pupils took part in six different scenarios which gave them simple messages about beach safety with the RNLI, emergency first aid with St John Ambulance, drugs and alcohol, the internet, fire and road safety.

Organiser Karen Dawes, the council’s community safety manager, said: ‘This is a really valuable event for young people because it helps them improve their safety awareness, judgement and decision making skills in a fun way.

‘The messages they learn through ThinkSafe could end up saving their lives or the lives of others.’