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Nick Smith MP is lending his support to the NSPCC's new "Share Aware" campaign which aims to get families talking about how to stay safe online. 

The NSPCC has created a new online guide to help inform parents about the risks of different social networking sites used by children at www.nspcc.org.uk/shareaware.

The guide includes advice for social networks, a parent’s guide for top tips on keeping children safe online and guidance for starting a family conversation about the internet.

It comes after the Blaenau Gwent MP supported the NSPCC “Flaw in the Law” campaign, which successfully called on the Government to introduce a new offence so that it is always illegal for an adult to intentionally send a sexual message to a child.   

Mr Smith, a former campaign manager for the charity, said: “I know that parents are increasingly concerned about their children’s safety online but they often don’t know where to start. This is why I’m supporting the NSPCC’s campaign and urging all families to talk about being ‘Share Aware’ on the internet.

“I hope parents will use the NSPCC’s no-nonsense guides to untangle the web, understand what their children may be doing online, and feel confident talking talking to them about how to stay safe.”

People can find out more about the NSPCC campaign at www.nspcc.org.uk/shareaware and join the debate on social media by following #ShareAware.

Anyone looking for advice about keeping children safe online, or concerned about the safety and welfare of a child, can contact the NSPCC’s 24-hour helpline on 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk

 Children worried about online safety or any other problem can call the free, 24-hour helpline on 0800 1111 or get help online at www.childline.org.uk

Nick Smith MP urges Blaenau Gwent families to be ‘Share Aware’ online

Nick Smith MP is lending his support to the NSPCC's new "Share Aware" campaign which aims to get families talking about how to stay safe online.  The NSPCC has created a new...

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Nick Smith MP has welcomed the Government’s admission that more needs to be done to tackle ticket touts pushing ordinary fans out of big events.

The Blaenau Gwent MP has been campaigning for a clampdown on internet spivs who mass buy thousands of tickets just to sell on at a massive profit.

Mr Smith has been fighting as part of the cross-party group trying to amend the Consumer Rights Bill so sellers on secondary ticket sites have to provide much-needed information for buyers.

While the Government have attempted to scrap the amendment on several occasions, they admitted that bulk sellers are a problem as they launched an independent review into the law.

Speaking after the debate in Parliament, Mr Smith said fans had been ripped off for far too long and the Government had buried their heads in the sand in response.

“While they are finally recognising these rip-off merchants are a poison in the industry, the Minister for Culture, Media and Sport was only a few years ago hailing these touts as noble entrepreneurs”, he said.

“I want the Government to start taking this problem seriously because it is a problem. When events sell out in seconds and seconds later can be bought for astronomical mark ups, there is clearly something broken in the system.”

Mr Smith’s campaigning has centred around the Rugby World cup, where the organisers’ appeals to protect the event from touts were ignored by Government.

The cheapest tickets for Wales v England as of January 12 on secondary ticket site Viagogo stood at £442 (£75 face value) with top tier tickets going for £1,500.

It isn’t just the big ticket games that are the problem either with tickets for USA v Japan, a low-ranked pool game, are going for more than £300 online – five times the face value. 

“Despite the welcome news, I am still concerned that the Government will not do enough to tackle ticket touting”, he said.

“A quick scan of the message boards or a conversation with real fans in the club house or terraces shows the reality of the issue.

“Until touts are stopped from buying up tickets in bulk, fans are going to face a stark choice; fans will either have to pay through the nose or accept they will always be sidelined from their passion.”

Fans shouldn’t be sidelined by spivs, says MP

Nick Smith MP has welcomed the Government’s admission that more needs to be done to tackle ticket touts pushing ordinary fans out of big events.

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Nick Smith MP is asking constituents to join him in taking steps to tackle obesity for a new beginning in the New Year.

 

This week (January 12-18) is National Obesity Awareness Week, with weight issues costing the UK £44.7bn in a year.

 

The Blaenau Gwent MP will be backing the drive by aiming to walk 10,000 steps a day in 2015, and is hoping others follow suit on the road to a healthier life.

 

As part of the campaign people are being encouraged to make a healthy New Year’s resolution, which they can log at http://www.noaw.org.uk/get-involved/make-resolution/

 

Speaking as the campaign kicked off, Mr Smith said it was about finding small ways to make a big difference in our personal lives.

 

“Being the MP for three valleys, one minute you can be down in Swffryd and the next trekking all the way back up to Tredegar”, he said.

 

“You get so used to driving everywhere that it becomes a habit that’s hard to break. But instead of finding every excuse to hop in the car, I’m now going to be finding every excuse to walk when I can.

 

“I’m lucky Blaenau Gwent means we have fantastic scenery and great walks on our doorstep. So I’m hoping instead of making hard to keep resolutions that fizzle in days, people will just think about the little things they can do to stave off this real problem.”

 

Mr Smith has campaigned in Parliament on public health issues, backing plain packaging on cigarettes and most recently chairing the debate on physical activity in Westminster.

 

The latest figures have shown that the percentage of obese women amongst the UK population has increased from 16.4 per cent in 1993 to 25.1 per cent in 2012.

 

The percentage of men considered obese has risen from 13.2 per cent in 1993 to 24.4 per cent in 2012.

 

The issue is no less prevalent amongst children and young people, and the National Child Measurement Programme found in November 2014 that 33.5 of children aged 10-11 years are considered overweight or obese.

 

For more information on the campaign, visit www.noaw.org.uk

Taking 10,000 steps to a healthy 2015

  Nick Smith MP is asking constituents to join him in taking steps to tackle obesity for a new beginning in the New Year.


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