Posted on 14th February 2019
Young people and their parents are being reminded about online safety as the High Peak Youth Engagement Team visit schools across the area.
They recently spent time at St. George’s Primary School, in New Mills, and Dinting Primary School, among others they have visited across the area, talking to pupils about how to stay safe, including sharing personal information, not speaking to strangers, taking responsibility for what you say to others and talking to a trusted adult if something worries you.
The team has been working with multi-agency teams from the High Peak as part of a long term campaign to help raise awareness of the potential risks youngsters can face from the online world, and steps to take to help prevent them.
Officers are also reminding parents of the things they can do to help make sure their children’s electronic devices are as safe as they can be and encouraging them to take the time to check and make use of any parental controls and settings.
PCSO Lee Baker, of the High Peak Youth Engagement Team, said: “We’re pleased to be continuing to work in partnership with the local multi-agency teams to help teach local young people about the dangers, potential consequences and how to avoid them in this ever growing arena.
“Many of our children will now have access to devices which can provide hours of entertainment, but at the same time they can also present new risks. Please take a few moments to see if there is anything you can do to help make sure they are as safe as they can be while in the online world.”
Parents and carers are encouraged to:
- Install, set up and review parental controls on the devices their youngsters use. The Thinkuknow website good advice on this, visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents.
- Have a look at apps that you can install to monitor what your child is accessing.
- Start a conversation about communicating safely online with your child. Their devices give young people access to new communities and friends through online gaming and social media. Talk about how they are using online technology and what it means to them.
- Encourage your child to be careful with what they share, including images, videos and personal information.
- Make them aware of privacy settings, and encourage them to take control of who sees what they post.
- Remind your child to consider who they are chatting to and gaming with – do they really know and trust them? If not, it is important they don’t share personal details or agree to meet them in other online spaces.
- Make sure they feel confident to report and know where and how to report anything that worries them or makes them feel uncomfortable while online. It’s important they know who to trust.
PCSO Baker added: “This isn’t about preventing or putting youngsters off using technology, it is something which when used in the right way can be really exciting, engaging and a big part of the modern world. We would just encourage parents to offer a balanced view and guidance on how to stay safe.”
There are a number of officers in the High Peak who are trained as Child Exploitation and Online (CEOP) Ambassadors, and can offer advice to parents who would like further advice about staying safe or may have concerns about the online activities of their youngsters.
Our High Peak CEOP Ambassadors are:
- PC 2333 Julian Gallagher
- PCSO 4566 Karen Green
- PCSO 4527 Lee Baker
- PCSO 16121 Alan Nield
To contact them, please follow one of the following non-emergency methods:
Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999.