The Wealden District Commander for Sussex Police is encouraging parents to take an active role in their children’s activity on the internet to keep them safe online.
Sussex Police has recently been promoting safe internet use across Wealden for children.
Chief inspector Gary Pike says:
Chances are your children know more about the internet than you, which is why we need to ensure a measured approach to keeping our children safe online. There are many websites available that have good advice for parents and carers.
Sussex Police are advising parents to have a conversation with their children to find-out how much they know about people they have met online and whether anyone has ever been abusive to them. Sussex Police also suggest parents discuss the risks of sharing videos, photos and personal details when they’re online.
Chief Inspector Gary Pike suggests the following questions:
- Do you really know everybody on your ‘friends’ list? Do you ever get messages from strangers? if so, how do you handle them?
- Do you know how to use and set privacy and security settings? Can you show me how?
- Do you know anyone who has made plans to meet someone offline that they’ve only ever spoken to online?
- Are people in your group of friends ever mean to each other, or to other people, online or on phones? If so, what do they say? Has anyone ever been mean to you? Would you tell me about it if they were?
The ThinkUKnow website offers more advice on how to stay safe while using the internet. The website produced by the ‘Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre’ has information appropriate for different age groups, as well as parents and teachers.
Young people can also ask for advice, and keep up-to-date with things in their schools and area, from Schools Officer PC Pete Cook on Facebook.