Parents! Join in our Webchat on Safer Internet Use

Safer Internet Day 2017 is tomorrow (Tuesday 7th February) and the force is hosting a web chat with a specialist Cybercrime Sergeant and his colleague, a Sergeant from the Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POLIT).

Safer Internet Day is organised in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre every February to promote the safe and responsible use of online technology and mobile phones for children and young people. 

The campaign is supported centrally by the National Crime Agency-Child Exploitation and Online Protection (NCA-CEOP) Command and locally by the UK’s police forces.

Detective Sergeant Andy Richmond from Cleveland Police’s Cybercrime Unit and Detective Sergeant Steve Williams-Reader from POLIT will be available  from 1.30pm tomorrow (Tuesday 7th February) for around an hour and they’ll answer questions and offer advice on keeping children and young people, safe while using the internet.

Anyone who wants to take follow or even take part in the web chat and submit a question on safe internet use should log on to https://www.cleveland.police.uk/get-involved/community-click.aspx from 1.30pm

Det Sgt Andy Richmond said: “Safer Internet Day is a great initiative and it gives parents and carers a really useful opportunity to learn more about keeping their children and charges safe.

“The internet can be a great asset but children and young people can be vulnerable to exploitation and grooming as well as other crimes.

“It’s in everyone’s interest to learn more about how to stay safe online and I’m pleased to be on hand tomorrow, with my colleague Sgt Williams-Reader, to answer any questions or concerns.    

“These could range from information on useful websites to how to take part in live gaming safely as well as others.  Whatever you ask, we’ll be happy to help.”

Members of the public can learn more about Safer Internet Day 2017 on UK Safer Internet Centre website

They can also follow the day’s activity and see key messages and themes on social media:

Twitter – official hashtag is #SID2017