North Wales Launches Campaign to Promote Safe Internet Use Among Youngsters

A new initiative aimed at promoting safe internet use among youngsters has launched in north Wales.

As the school summer holidays approach, the ‘Get Safe Online’ initiative has introduced a ‘Safer Kids’ campaign, encouraging children in the region to navigate the internet safely, securely, and confidently.

Whether for schoolwork, gaming, or socializing with friends, children are increasingly online, emphasizing the importance of ensuring their safety.

Get Safe Online, commissioned by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and North Wales Police, is a trusted source of unbiased information on online safety in the UK. Their campaign advises:

Regularly engage in conversations with your child about their online activities and ask them to demonstrate what they do.

Guide your child towards safe search engines, websites, and apps. Monitor their activities on platforms like YouTube and TikTok.

Stay informed about new gaming and social media trends, particularly those that may pose risks such as violence, gambling, or potential grooming.

Recognize the significant role social media and messaging apps play in your child’s life and be aware of the emotional impact of their online experiences.

Enforce age restrictions on gaming, social media, and other apps for their safety.

Consider using parental control software on computers, mobile devices, and gaming consoles.

Educate your child about sharing personal information, images, or videos online and the potential risks involved.

While respecting their privacy, monitor your child’s online activities and be vigilant for signs of any issues.

Tony Neate, CEO of Get Safe Online, emphasized the benefits and risks of the internet for children, stressing the need to teach safe online practices.

Andy Dunbobbin, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales, highlighted the importance of proactive internet safety measures during busy summer periods when children may spend more time online unsupervised.

The campaign aims to foster a safe and respectful online environment for children, aligning with efforts to reduce crime and enhance safety across North Wales.

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