Stay safe online: Police visit Sevenoaks schools to promote internet safety
By kentsussex | Tuesday, February 05, 2013, 14:45
To mark the 10th anniversary of the Safer Internet Day, officers from Kent Police will be visiting schools across the county, giving advice on how to stay safe online.
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Chief Inspector Lee Russell: 'The internet is an incredible resource but some people use it to target vulnerable people and children.
"We work with many agencies to tackle those who commit offences via the internet, and it is really important to remind both children and their parents how to use websites and social media safely.
'Children are taught at a young age around 'stranger danger', and the same applies to online channels.
"Never give out personal details such as your address or telephone number to someone you don't know, and never send pictures of yourself to people, or post them on social networking sites, that could later cause you embarrassment.'
As part of an ongoing initiative to promote safe social networking, Kent Police, the Kent People's Trust, CXK and Amelix set up the 'STATUS' website (stay safe and tell us) www.thisisstatus.com
The site allows young people to get advice and support around topics such as drugs and alcohol abuse as well as careers and health advice.
Subscribers can only sign up to it with their school-based email account. A chat facility on the site is monitored 24/7 for inappropriate comments.
Chief Inspector Russell added: 'STATUS is a great way for young people to meet in a safe, monitored environment to find out about local events and to get advice and support.
"I would encourage young people to sign up and find out more about what it can offer.'
Kent County Council is running a number of events within local schools over the week, including training for teachers and an online discussion with students.