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PCC encourages parents to talk to their children about dangers online

Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall, is encouraging parents to speak to their children about the potential dangers on social media as the summer holiday begins. Children and teenagers are spending more time online which makes them more susceptible to being targeted by cyber criminals.

With technology continuously advancing, many criminals have moved their crimes online to target trusting individuals from the comfort of their own home. Cyber crime covers many topics from fraud to child sexual exploitation.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall, said: “Younger generations are becoming increasingly more tech savvy however this does not mean that they are immune to the dangers of cyber crime.

“Predators are on our social media and it’s our duty as parents to make our children aware of these dangers, what is appropriate to share online and also let them know that they need to let their parents know if they feel that they are talking to someone who might not be who they say they are.

“There are several ways to keep your child safe online: have regular talks with them on what is appropriate information and language to share – they should not share any personal information such as their address online.

“Check that what your child is watching on streaming sites such as Netflix or Youtube is suitable for their age – these sites do have graphic content.

“Set boundaries and rules: who they can speak to, how long they can spend online and – for younger children – parents having access to passwords.

“It’s so important that we understand the risks that come with having an online presence – most of us have experienced scam emails and we all want our children to be as safe as possible when online.”

For more information on online safety, visit www.getsafeonline.org/safeguarding-children

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