Police launch new online safety drive

Police in Nottinghamshire have launched a new campaign to make parents more aware of the dangers of the internet to young people.

Police say that a combination of factors can lead to children being at risk from online grooming ,and parents are key in helping to protect them by becoming involved in their online lives.

Nottinghamshire Police have now produced a postcard-sized leaflet for parents to highlight the risks their children may be facing.

Detective Inspector Martin Hillier said: “Just because your kids are in the house doesn’t necessarily mean they are safe from people who want to manipulate them – particularly if the child is vulnerable.

“What we don’t want is to scare parents into thinking that their children will fall prey to these people. The aim is to raise awareness so that parents feel comfortable to talk with their children about the dangers and help them to spot anything amiss.

“There’s no doubt that the internet is a great asset and young people are often the ones most tuned in to advances in technology – the trick is to also ensure they are in possession of all the information they need to stay safe.”

For more information visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk. To report anything suspicious online call police on 101.