#cyberbullying | #cyberbully | Together for a Better Internet – Safer Internet Day

Suffolk police are asking parents and carers to talk to their children about staying safe online and come #TogetherforaBetterInternet 
Safer Internet Day, on Tuesday 11 February, is co-ordinated by the UK Safer Internet Centre, aims to highlight positive uses of technology and the role everyone plays in helping to create a better and safer online community for children and young people. It is also an opportunity for adults to check that their own online activity is safe and secure.
Suffolk Police will be supporting this year’s campaign by asking parents and carers to look at whether the social media accounts, websites and apps that they and their children have access to are both appropriate and safe.
Detective Superintendent David Giles said: “The theme of this year’s Safer Internet day is ‘Together For A Better Internet’ and by working together families can ensure they are all playing a role together to stay safe online.” 
“We are asking parents and carers across Suffolk to sit down with their children and talk frankly about their online activity,
  •Get to know and become familiar with the social networks yourchildren use, such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine,YouTube, Tumblr. InternetMatters and ThinkYouKnow websites are goodsources of information for keeping up with the latest social medianetworks and advice.
 •Check privacy settings on your child’s social network. Make surethese are set so that only family/close friends can see their profiles,especially their photographs and location. Stress the need for passwordprotection and the necessity of not sharing with friends or others.
 •Teach them about cyberbullying. Encourage them to use appropriatelanguage online, if they wouldn’t say it in person, don’t text or post iton line. Get them to report cyberbullying and talk to a trusted adult ifthey or someone they know is being cyberbullied.
 •Think before you post or engage in sexting. Ensure your child isaware that whatever they put online can be shared with the entire worldforever!
 •Set a positive example. Lead by example of how to behave online, donot post inappropriately yourself, protect your social media profiles andlimit your usage to a reasonable time
“The UK Safer Internet Centre have published a number of short films to help adults talk to children about their online lives >  https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/sid-films
“We understand the great public concern that has recently been expressed over children and young people accessing content related to self-harm and suicide online and we would urge people to visit Internet Matters https://www.internetmatters.org   for a comprehensive range of support and advice. “
Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner said: “Keeping Suffolk’s young people safe online is massively important – the internet has huge benefits but it can also pose huge dangers. I fully support the ‘Together For A Better Internet’ campaign to highlight the risks. 
“We must work together to protect our young people and make parents and carers aware of the help available to support their children.
“These threats need to be tackled now and I have pledged to do all I can to protect young people in the county.”
As part of Safer Internet day families are also being encourage to sign up to their own Internet Safety Plan. This gives them the chance to talk about online behaviours, such as what they should or shouldn’t do on the internet, agree how long devices can be used every day and what to do if something has caused upset. https://www.childnet.com/ufiles/Online-safety-agreement.pdf 
During the week officers from Suffolk Police will also be going into various schools across the county to raise awareness and educate young people around online safety as part of their continued work.
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