Police campaign highlights online safety

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Police Scotland has launched a campaign to raise awareness about online safety for children aged 9-16.

Stay Safe Online aims to help children, parents, teachers and carers improve their knowledge and understanding of how to keep children safe while they are online.

Youngsters from 9-12 will receive ten top tips from a cartoon character, Digi Dan, who is an internet explorer and knows everything about staying safe online.

Packs for youngsters including leaflets, posters, mousemats and water bottles will be distributed to schools across Scotland promoting Digi Dan and his website, wwwdigidan.co.uk

Older children will also receive advice about keeping safe online, including tips on password security, social media posting, sexting, how to deal with inappropriate pictures and who to contact for help.

Detective Chief Inspector William Cravens said: “We want to help children to enjoy the benefits of the internet by being able to Stay Safe Online.

“All children and young people need to understand they should only share pictures online that they are happy with friends, family and others seeing.

“They also need to know how to keep their personal information private and to contact an adult if they feel threatened.

“Any child who feels risk or is worried should speak to a parent, guardian or teacher or can phone Police Scotland on 101 or Childline on 0800 1111.”

Further information about the campaign will appear on the Police Scotland website (www.scotland.police.uk), Twitter (@PoliceScotland) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/PoliceScotland).

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