Cyberbullying conference will hear Josh’s song

Catherine Perrin-Griffiths who has written a song in Josh Unsworth's memory.
Catherine Perrin-Griffiths who has written a song in Josh Unsworth's memory.

A tragic teenager will be remembered at an event about keeping kids safe online.

Safety is the subject of a conference at The Grand, Clitheroe, next Wednesday, October 16.

Ribble Valley’s first internet safety conference, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, is aimed at parents, grandparents, guardians and carers.

The event will outline how to combat cyberbullying, use computer privacy settings, use chat sites safely and which websites to avoid.

It will include a short drama on the risks of social networking by pupils from Ribblesdale High School,.

Meanwhile Catherine Perrin-Griffiths, (right) a former pupil of St Cecilia’s High School in Longridge, will perform her song, Josh’s Song, in memory of her 15-year-old schoolfriend Joshua Unsworth.

The teenager was found dead behind his family home in Goosnargh in April and had allegedly been bullied on a social networking site.

The website was criticised for allowing users to post comments without giving their names.

Organised by Ribble Valley Council, Lancashire Police and the Grand, after a survey among Ribble Valley high school pupils revealed 88 per cent of respondents had a social networking account, 75 per cent had chatted to someone they did not know and 60 per cent had experienced bullying directly or indirectly.

Ribble Valley officer, David Ingham, said: “Children of the internet age face the threat of bullies reaching them wherever they are and at any time.

“They are learning social dynamics on the internet and staying abreast of that as a parent is difficult.

“The aim of the conference is to offer advice and information to parents to help them stay a step ahead of the cyberbullies.”

Entrance to the conference is free, but places are limited, so early arrival is advised.