Cleveland Police is supporting the National Safer Internet Day tomorrow (Tuesday 6th February) and will be educating children and their parents on safe use of online technology.
Safer Internet Day is organised by the UK Safer Internet Centre every February to promote the safe and responsible use of online technology and mobile phones for children and young people. The campaign is supported centrally by the National Crime Agency-Child Exploitation and Online Protection (NCA-CEOP) Command and locally by the UK’s police forces
Officers from the Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POLIT) will be visiting children in years 5 and 6 in primary schools in the area to give them first-hand information on how they can stay safe whilst using the internet and their phones.
This will be followed up with a session aimed at parents to ensure they too are aware of what to look out for when their children are online.
Detective Constable Ian Turnbull from Cleveland Police’s Cybercrime Unit and Detective Sergeant Steve Williams-Reader from POLIT are hosting a web chat from 1.30pm tomorrow (Tuesday 6th February) for around an hour and they’ll answer questions and offer advice on keeping children and young people safe while using the internet.
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “We have invested in creating a first-class Cybercrime Unit with additional officers and a specially adapted Cybercrime van enabling us to quickly assess systems whilst still in situ on the premises. This massively reduces time and effort in analysing data, and we have made a concerted effort to ensure this type of crime which has increased significantly over the last couple of years has the resources in place to deal with it effectively.”
Det Sgt Steve Bell said: “Safer Internet Day is a great initiative and it gives parents and carers a really useful opportunity to learn more about keeping their children and charges safe.
“The internet can be a great asset but children and young people can be vulnerable to exploitation and grooming as well as other crimes.
“It’s in everyone’s interest to learn more about how to stay safe online and the web chat tomorrow will allow parents to raise any concerns and ask the questions that are important to ensure their children are kept safe.
“These could range from information on useful websites to how to take part in live gaming safely as well as others. Whatever you ask, we’ll be happy to help.”
Members of the public can learn more about Safer Internet Day 2018 on UK Safer Internet Centre website
They can also follow the day’s activity and see key messages and themes on social media:
Twitter – official hashtag is #SID2018
Childline and the Internet Watch Foundation have come together to provide a service where children can request the removal of sexual images of themselves which have been shared online. As part of that process the child would be asked to provide a link to where the image is stored online, rather than send the image itself.
The child is also required to verify their identity and age and this is done through the YOTI app. YOTI will not store images of the child’s ID following the verification process.
Below are a couple of online resources which contain details regarding this service:
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/sexting - There is a section which covers what you can do if you’ve lost control of a sexual image and refers to the YOTI app.
https://contentreporting.childline.org.uk – This is the portal where you can report images and videos for take down and again refers to using the app to verify age.
Anyone who wants to follow or even take part in the web chat and submit a question on safe internet use should log on to https://www.cleveland.police.uk/get-involved/community-click.aspx from 1.30pm.
Posted on Monday 5th February 2018