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Keep Safe Online This Christmas - The Staying Safe Online Campaign

With Christmas approaching and the likelihood of children receiving a device as a gift, it is important to ensure that they are safe online. With that in mind, a new 12 day campaign has been launched by the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Boards, Lincolnshire Police, Lincolnshire County Council and Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue which will run from today to fit in with the theme of the 12 days of Christmas.

 

The campaign has been designed to highlight the key messages of staying safe on line the different age ranges and outlines what resources are available for people to get support and advice. A range of helpful resources such as leaflets and online advice has been produced - including daily top tips on Twitter which will have advice for parents and older adults who are unsure about how to keep themselves and others safe online. 

 

Councillor Patricia Bradwell OBE, executive member for children’s services, adult care and community well-being at Lincolnshire County Council, said, “The internet is amazing and we want everybody to enjoy it and use it to enhance their lives. We know that children are likely to receive mobile devices as Christmas presents, so they and their parents need to know how to use them properly and be safe. You’d teach your child how to be safe on a bike and it’s exactly the same with the internet. If parental controls aren’t in place it’s easy for children to see things that could be harmful, it can also be equally as dangerous for older people susceptible to online scammers.”

 

Stuart Tweedale, Deputy Police Crime Commissioner, said: “Just like with anything, the internet must be used sensibly and safely. I am proud of the work being carried out by different agencies to bring awareness to staying safe online. It is important that we are fully informed about the dangers we may face when using the internet. As part of my work as a scambassador, I have seen first-hand the dangers. I encourage everybody to read the tips and information provided so that we can protect, not only ourselves, but our vulnerable children and elderly loved ones who could be more susceptible to harm.”

 

Please click here to download the leaflet issued by the campaign - for more information visit

www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lscb . 

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