Police to mark 'Safer Internet Day' today
Police will be joining hundreds of other organisations across
the country in marking Safer Internet Day today (Tuesday) to promote
the safe and responsible use of technology.
Internet Day 2015 is being held across the UK, with the theme
of 'Let's create a better Internet together'.
annual event is organised by the UK Safer Internet Centre to promote
the safe and responsible use of online technology and mobile phones
for children and young people.
Superintendent Sue Scott from Avon and Somerset Police said: "Online
sites, apps, games and social media are part of daily life for
children and young people, which offer exciting learning and social
opportunities. However, we need to keep in mind that the world
online is the same as the real world and there are risks we need
to be aware of. We want to promote positive and safe use of digital
technology and keep up-to-date of the ever-changing online world."
"Anyone who uses the internet either socially or for shopping,
banking or other business uses needs to know how to keep themselves
safe. Approach the internet the way you would perhaps approach
walking down a crowded street you wouldnt expose
yourself literally, physically nor in terms of financial or personal
information to strangers, so in general terms - apply that to
the internet. Just consider what you are sharing, and who you
are sharing it with."
"Surveys show that more than half of children go online without
any parental supervision. 38% of young people have been affected
by cyberbullying while 15% of mobile-owning teens say that they
have received sexually suggestive and naked images of someone
they know via text."
to your children about these issues and encouraging them to be
cyber-savvy is more important than ever and there are simple steps
that they can take to keep themselves safe."
will be handed out locally to promote the day - and you can read
a copy of the safety leaflet here.