Date Published: 13 March 2018
Parents have been getting advice about how to keep their family safe online as part of a free internet safety event organised by Rutland County Council.
The event took place at Rutland Showground on 9 February and was attended by more than 70 people, including carers, parents, children and young people.
Those who attended were given guidance on a range of digital safety topics, including online gaming, image sharing, privacy settings and parental controls. They also got practical advice on maintaining healthy internet habits.
Supported by experts from UK Safer Internet Centre and Leicestershire Police, the event followed on from this year’s annual Safer Internet Day. More than 36 million people in Britain, including children, are thought to go online every day to play, learn and connect.
“This was a really insightful event giving people a chance to hear from experts about how to stay safe online. It’s important to encourage healthy behaviour online and to help people spot the hidden dangers that can lead to fraud and exploitation. I hope everyone who came along has a better understanding of digital safety and feels more confident about going online.”
Alan Walters, Cabinet Member for Community Safety
Rutland County Council works closely with Leicestershire Police to promote community safety, both online and in towns and villages. This includes support for the UK’s national County Lines campaign, promoting awareness of gangs and organised criminal networks who exploit young people in order to export illegal drugs between areas of the country.
For more information about County Lines and what to look out for to help put a stop to exploitation, visit the Leicestershire Police website.
The UK Safer Internet Centre also has free online safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online. Find out more by visiting their website.
Photo: Sam Marks from UK Safer Internet Centre with Councillor Alan Walters