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Grindleford youngsters encouraged to stay safe online

Posted on 28th October 2014

Police have recently paid a visit to a youth club in Grindleford to chat to the youngsters about staying safe online.

Officers from the Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Team went along to the youth club at the Bishop Pavilion, Grindleford to speak to the group about the importance of online safety.

During the visit on Wednesday, October 22, officers spoke to the youngsters about the steps they can take to stay safe while using social media networking sites.

This includes adjusting their privacy settings to restrict strangers’ access to their accounts, along with ensuring that their passwords are well protected.

PCSO Boswell from the Hathersage and Tideswell Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Social media is becoming more and more popular within todays society, so it is important that we offer advice and support to help youngsters to continue to enjoy using these sites safely.

“I chatted to the group about adjusting their privacy settings so that their profile can only be seen by their friends, and how they can report someone who may not appear as genuine.

“This visit was not about highlighting the dangers of online media, but to offer advice and support to the group to encourage safe and confident internet use.”

Top safety tips for staying safe on social media networking sites include:

  • Always use strong passwords for your online accounts;
  • Use the privacy features on the site to restrict strangers’ access to your profile.
  • Keep your profile closed by only allowing your friends to view your profile and be wary of who you let join your network;
  • Protect your personal information by not posting information such as phone numbers or your address.

To speak to the Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Team call 101, and follow them on Twitter: @HathersageSNT.

For advice and top tips about staying safe online visit www.getsafeonline.org

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