Weekly Crime Summary 11 February 2016

Safer Internet Day

Tuesday February 9 2016 was Safer Internet Day. This annual event highlights the positive uses of technology and promotes the role that everybody can play in helping to create a safer, better online community.

Children use the internet constantly in this day and age. It is a brilliant resource that enables children and young people to connect, communicate and be creative. They are often light years ahead of their parents in terms of online know-how but blissfully unaware of those who might seek to take advantage of them and naïve about the quantity of totally unsuitable content on the web.

It is important that your children know how to stay in control online. Sharing the following ‘SMART’ rules with your children will enable them to be safe and smart online.

Safe – Keep safe by being careful not to give out your personal information such as your name, e-mail, home address or school name, phone number to people online.

Meeting – Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. If you feel that you ‘have to’ meet, then for your own safety you must tell your parents or carer and take them with you – at least on the first visit.

Accepting – Accepting emails, messages on IM or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t really know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses which can wreck your computer, or nasty messages and images.

Reliable – Remember that people online may not be who they say they are, and so online ‘friends’ are really strangers, no matter how many times you have chatted with them, unless you know and trust them in the ‘offline world’.

Tell – Tell your parent or carer if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried.

You can also visit the following:

www.saferinternet.org.uk/

www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

www.getsafeonline.org/

www.norfolk.police.uk/safetyadvice/personalsecurity/onlinesafety.aspx

Police Connect

Please be aware that due to the introduction of new software, a reduced service continues to be provided by Police Connect.

The full service will be resumed as soon as possible.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

News, appeals and information can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at www.norfolk.police.uk

Chief Inspector Nathan Clark

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