Police launch internet safety campaign

An internet safety campaign for children aged between nine and 16 years old has been launched by Police Scotland.

The campaign, called Stay Safe Online, aims to educate children, parents, teachers and carers on how to keep children safe when they are surfing the web.

Detective Chief Inspector William Cravens said: “All children and young people need to understand they should only share pictures online that they are happy with friends, family and others seeing.

“They also need to know how to keep their personal information private and to contact an adult if they feel threatened.”

The campaign has outlined advice for two age groups - nine to 12 year olds and 13 to 16 year olds.

Stay Safe Online will provide the younger children with the information they need with “Digi Dan’s Top Tips” available on the website at www.digidan.co.uk.

The website includes a quiz and youngsters can download Digi Dan’s ibook to keep his online safety tips.

Packs for youngsters including leaflets, posters, mousemats and water bottles will be distributed to schools across Scotland promoting Digi Dan and his website.

Tips for the youngsters include keeping ‘phone, laptops and tablets secure by using passwords or PINs and learning what is okay to post and share on the internet.

The older children will also receive advice about keeping safe online including tips on password security, social media posting, sexting, how to deal with inappropriate pictures and who to contact for help.

Advice also urges teens to confide in some they trust, so that any problems can be sorted out.

Online abuse is also covered in the advice to both groups, with children urged to block people who send cruel or offensive messages and tell someone about it.

Detective Chief Inspector Cravens added: “Any child who feels at risk or is worried should speak to a parent, guardian or teacher or can phone Police Scotland on 101 or Childline on 0800 1111.”

Further information on the campaign can be found at www.scotland.police.uk on Twitter @PoliceScotland and Facebook: www.facebook.com/PoliceScotland.