The Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, has given his backing to Safer Internet Day.
The yearly worldwide event, held today, is organised in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre and aims to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people.
The UK Safer Internet Centre – www.saferinternet.org.uk – provides Safer Internet Day specific resources and support for children and young people, parents and carers and educators.
The government also recently launched a new campaign called ‘Cyber Streetwise’ to change the way people protect themselves while shopping or banking online in order to avoid falling victim to cyber criminals.
The new website, www.cyberstreetwise.com, offers a range of interactive resources.
The PCC has recently highlighted his concerns about cyber crime and fraud and will be including it as a priority in the update of his Police and Crime Plan this year.
Mr Stansfeld, said: “E-safety is an important issue and I am delighted to support Safer Internet Day in promoting safer and more responsible use of online technology. I would also recommend visiting the Cyber Streetwise website where there is lots of advice on how to stay safe online.
“Cyber crime is a major issue and has an effect on both individuals and businesses. It is important that it is tackled effectively to ensure that we protect the most vulnerable who are often targeted in this type of crime. This is why I will be including cyber crime and fraud as a priority in my updated Police and Crime Plan.”