Bournemouth University has provided funds and expertise to help create a new IT suite at LV=Streetwise that will teach children about staying safe online.
The IT suite at LV=Streetwise will teach children about the dangers that can occur on the internet, such as cyber-bullying, alongside general internet safety advice.
Both academics and students from BU will work hands-on in the centre to teach children how to stay safe when using computers.
The idea for the project was instigated by Ian Jones, Head of Regional Community Partnerships at BU. He said: “This is another example of how BU works with the community and engages students with citizens.
“Working with Streetwise to educate about cyber security will help young people to be more aware of 21st century dangers.”
Bournemouth University donated funds towards the cost of the IT suite as well as the production and installation.
Artwork from BU’s Cyber Security Unit is on the wall and doors of the centre, with a Matrix and all-seeing eye to demonstrate the power of the internet. Local businesses and organisations also helped and donated to completing the IT hub.
Streetwise will also run sessions for parents, grandparents and carers to learn how to avoid the possible risk of cyber bullying, identity theft, viewing inappropriate content and viruses.
They also plan to rent the space to appropriate organisations, with sessions including online banking, cybercrime attacks on businesses and social media for businesses.
Diana Newbury, a fundraiser at LV= Streetwise, said: “LV= Streetwise was delighted to receive these donations as without financial support it would not be possible to provide internet safety training for children.
“We are working closely with the University’s Cyber Security Unit and Dorset Police to provide businesses with the opportunity to attend sessions on cyber-attacks.
"The artwork in the IT Suite emphasises the link with Bournemouth University and we are very grateful for the support, both financial and in the form of help and advice that we receive from BU.”