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Prizes for teens

Shopping vouchers and memory sticks are being handed out to teenagers to encourage them to log on to an advice website.

The OK website, run by Derbyshire County Council, is running competitions to win £20 worth of shopping vouchers and USB computer memory sticks in an aim to get more young people online.

A new competition is run every term on the website, and ten people are presented with prizes each time.

The OK website was launched in 2010 for young people aged between 11 and 19. The site gives help and advice on how to deal with issues such as staying safe, drugs and bullying.

Carol Hart, cabinet member for public health at the council, said: “Hundreds of young people have already signed up to our OK? campaign to take advantage of the advice and support it offers on a range of difficult issues.

“It points them in the right direction for the advice and support they need, when they need it.

“Young people tell us they like our competitions and we hope the chance to win the shopping vouchers and memory cards we’ve got to give away will encourage more young people to take a look.”

Council research has found that young people in the county worry about staying safe, protecting their property, looking after their friends, asking for help, bullying, abuse and threatening behaviour and drinking alcohol and taking drugs.

The website includes advice on all these issues as well as a game for them to play involving a character called Stuntman Joe.

 

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