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Posted On: 21st Feb 2013

Safe Surfing

Anthony Howie

A Newcastle Fixer hopes to create an interactive website to tackle cyber bullying and help protect online information.

 

Anthony Howie (18) has been a victim of online bullying and hacking, and experienced first-hand just how easy it is to become a target of online attackers.

 

Now with the help of Fixers, he wants to create an interactive website providing advice on keeping safe online.

 

Anthony wishes to make young web-users aware of the risks and dangers they can put themselves in from online predators, ‘trolls’, bullies and hackers.

 

It will also blend with social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, to get more people sharing their experiences.

 

Speaking about the project, he says: 'I want to raise awareness of how to deal with online victimisation, to show young people how to prevent this from happening to them, and how to deal with it if it does.'

 

'Cyber bullying has changed the lives of millions of children worldwide. Ever since we got the internet, the traditional playground bullies have been replaced with the new, more emotionally threatening cyber bully.'

 

As well as online bullying, Anthony plans to raise awareness about keeping private information - such as bank details - safe and secure.

 

'I would like to tell people how they can keep their passwords secure and how to avoid scams to prevent them from facing unfortunate consequences.'

Author: N. Farooq

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