Bedfordshire Police ask parents “are your children safe online?”

Safer Internet Day 2019

Bedford Police is helping make online activity even safer by taking part in Safer Internet Day tomorrow (5 February), educating the local community on how to remain safe online through workshops and events.

The international event and the biggest of its kind aims to raise awareness of cyber crime, cyber bullying, data security and online personal safety.

Technological advancements mean that more and more young children are accessing potentially dangerous sites and could be victims of crime.

Education packs have been produced by The UK Safer Internet Centre for children as young as three years old, as well as materials for parents and carers.

Detective Inspector Richard Tilling, the force lead for Safer Internet Day, said: “We support Safer Internet Day every year as its impact is tremendous and it helps to spread the message about online safety worldwide.

“But I would also like to remind our communities that we should think about our own and our children’s online activity every day of the year. I cannot stress enough how important it is to talk to your children about what they are up to online.

“It’s crucial to teach young people that not everyone is who they say they are online and people can use fake identifies. It is important to teach children that they should never disclose any personal information to anyone they don’t know in real life.”

For more information on how to remain safe online visit the Bedfordshire Police website.