Cumbria Constabulary are advising all parents and guardians to be aware of how to protect their children when online.
At this time of year, many children may have asked for electronic items for Christmas which have the capability of connecting to the internet. Police officers are advised parents and guardians to check that they have the appropriate settings to limit access to online content, Web sites and activities, so that their child is protected from viewing inappropriate sites.
Officers also highlight the importance of making sure that their children’s Facebook, twitter and any other social media accounts are checked regularly to see who they are friends with and their security settings are up to date.
DC David Slattery said: “The festive period brings a number of presents for young children in particular lap tops, mobile, IPads and tablets. All of these items have the capability of accessing the internet. As such we are advising parents to be mindful of the security internet settings of these devices and that they monitor their children’s use of the internet.
“By understanding the risks yourself and planning ahead before allowed a child to use the internet, you can protect your child from the start.
“Cumbria Constabulary cannot stress enough the importance that parents discuss the safe use of the internet with their children”
For more advice and guidance visit: http://www.cumbria.police.uk/advice-and-information/personal-safety/on-the-web or Safeguarding Children | Get Safe Online