PSNI urge Mid Ulster parents to protect kids online

Online  safety
Online safety

Parents across Mid-Ulster and Northern Ireland are urged to ensure they know enough about the internet and social media to help protect their children online.

An advertising and awareness campaign was launched today on radio encouraging parents to get Switched On to internet safety.

The campaign comes as the PSNI release provisional figures for cyber enabled offences recorded in the past seven months.

Between 1 October 2013 and 25 April 2014 police have recorded 429 offences committed in full or in part through social media and/or the internet.

A breakdown of the victim profile shows 78 were aged between 10-19, 113 aged between 20-29 and 71 aged between 30-39.

The PSNI lead officer for cyber investigations in Organised Crime Branch, Detective Chief Inspector Douglas Grant, said ‘We are concerned about the number of younger victims in the provisional figures we have released. As one element of our response, we are starting this awareness campaign to make sure parents have the knowledge and skills to protect their children online.’

The PSNI will be providing basic material to encourage parents and children to be aware of the risks online.

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