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PCC urges greater awareness to make internet use both positive and safe

Awareness of how to keep children and vulnerable people safe when using the internet is becoming increasingly important for parents and educators in an age of cyber bullying and on-line abuse and hate, Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles said today.

Welcoming the on-line advice that comes with Safer Internet Day on Tuesday, 9 February, Mr Charles said: “Whatever our age, we can transform our lives by playing or working on computers – but it’s vital to put protection in place against abuse and criminality when online.”

The Commissioner said it was particularly crucial for parents to be vigilant about how their children spend their time online and also install the appropriate filters to prevent them from falling victim to those who prey on innocence.

“Young children may well be a whizz on computers but, knowing little of the uglier side of the world, are dependent upon adults to ensure that their experience of digital technology is positive and, above all, safe,” he pointed out.

The Commissioner also stressed the need for everybody to become more aware of how to protect their computers – and therefore themselves – against fraud. He commented: “You wouldn’t leave your door open when leaving for work so why would you leave your finances at risk on an unprotected laptop?  I strongly recommend that you invest in good quality protection software in the same way that you invest in putting a high quality lock on your front door”

This year’s Safer Internet Day celebrates the positive uses of technology as well as exploring how to create a better and safer online community.  One of its themes encourages young people from across the UK to consider what they can do to help make the internet a kinder place.

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Posted on Wednesday 3rd February 2016
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