Published On: Sat, Nov 29th, 2014 on 4:11 pm

Flash mob raises awareness about online grooming in Leeds

Leeds Flash Mob Online Grooming

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Performing arts students have staged a flash mob in Leeds city centre today to raise awareness about online safety.

A creative performance was staged by students from Leeds City College, urging people to ‘think twice’ about who they talk to online and making young people aware of the risks behind chat rooms and interactive platforms.

The performance featured an online predator donning an ugly mask, who was disguised amidst others until he revealed himself.

The flash mob formed as part of an initiative launched in July named ‘Know the Signs,’ supported by West Yorkshire Police and the Leeds Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).

Assistant Chief Constable Geoff Dodd of West Yorkshire Police, warned: “Chat forums and interactive platforms in particular, present risks which make them susceptible to this type of crime.

“Some young people engage with strangers online, not knowing who they are talking to, their age or their intentions. Sexual predators use online forums to groom their victims and it is imperative that our young people understand these dangers.”

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- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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