Anti-ter­ror­ism cam­paign aims to teach UK teenagers how to re­act dur­ing an at­tack

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Bri­tish chil­dren are the tar­get of a new se­cu­rity cam­paign from the gov­ern­ment that will teach them how to be­have in the event of ter­ror­ist at­tacks.

The cam­paign is be­ing launched with a video that fol­lows three teenage friends caught up in a knife-and-gun at­tack on a shop­ping cen­tre, and uses it to teach the best de­fence in such a sce­nario.

At the heart of the ad­vice be­ing pro­moted by the na­tional counter-ter­ror­ism se­cu­rity of­fice is “RUN HIDE TELL”. The film, which re­counts the ter­ror­ist at­tack as a car­toon, shows the teenagers flee­ing from at­tack­ers be­fore tak­ing cover in the store­room of a shop and await­ing res­cue by the po­lice.

The six-minute video warns against tak­ing pic­tures dur­ing an in­ci­dent and ad­vises turn­ing phones to silent while in hid­ing.

There is also ad­vice about how to pre­vent at­tacks. The friends re­call other events they had heard about, in­clud­ing spot­ting a sus­pi­cious per­son and telling po­lice, or how some­one had no­ticed and re­ported an unat­tended bag.

“We knew we needed to ed­u­cate a younger au­di­ence and we knew that if done cor­rectly, this could be a cam­paign that will con­tinue to keep peo­ple safe for decades,” said the Metropoli­tan Po­lice deputy as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner Lucy D’Orsi.

Stu­dents will also be taught the “Treat” el­e­ment of the cam­paign, in which they will learn how to at­tend to vic­tims of knife or gun at­tacks. De­vel­oped in part­ner­ship with St John Am­bu­lance, a first-aid char­ity, it teaches ba­sic firstaid train­ing and also how to pri­ori­tise de­grees of in­jury.

The lessons will not be manda­tory in schools, but Ms D’Orsi hopes that the cam­paign will be widely spread.

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