Air Cadets take a screen break

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Cadets of 886 (City of Ripon) Squadron Air Training Corps showed off their blank screens and astounded their parents as they took on a 24-hour No Technology Challenge in memory of Breck Bednar a fellow Cadet from Surrey,

The teenagers, aged 12 to 18 years, went without technology for a day to raise awareness of online safety, raise money via sponsorship for charity, and have some fun. The ‘No Tech 4 Breck’ initiative involved giving up phones and devices, computers, online games or DVDs.

Breck Bednar, 14, loved technology and online gaming but was groomed and murdered in 2014 by someone he met online.

Ripon Air Cadets and their parents had a full Internet Safety Evening where recently retired detective Sarah Lynch from Go Wise Online spoke of the risks and advantages of going online.

An Air Cadets spokesman said: “The presentation emphasised the importance of ensuring online safety by showing the risks involved, recognising signs that friends may be at risk, and also the importance of ensuring that everyday chat in families includes topics from their digital world.”

Ripon Air Cadets meet every Tuesday and Friday evening between between 7 and 9pm, and are part of the Air Training Corps.

Regular new intakes of cadets are admitted and parents are invited to contact the Squadron at 01765 609622 or email oc.886@aircadets.org