Helping to make the internet a safe place for Gwent's children and young people.
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If you missed our Instagram takeover on the 8 February, you can watch the story from our Instagram accounts highlights, named ‘SID 2022’. Alternatively, read this article to view the questions asked and answered by our cyber crime team.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, more and more of us have spent more time online – whether that be shopping, playing online games or using apps on our phones.
With these interactions come many hidden risks: speaking to people we don't know; sharing personal information; access to inappropriate content and many more.
Safer Internet Day was on Tuesday 8 February, to celebrate we spoke with a couple of our cyber crime officers to talk about all thing’s online safety and the hidden risks we can avoid, you can read this here. The team also hosted a takeover of the forces Instagram account, answering questions around keeping your family safe online.
If you missed the takeover on the 8 February, you can watch the story from our Instagram accounts highlights, named ‘SID 2022’.
Alternatively, please read the questions and answers below.
Why is safer internet day important?
Staying safe online is not only celebrated today but important all year round.
We want the internet to be a kinder place for everyone to learn, socialise and enjoy.
This is why we get together with thousands of other organisations across the world to promote respectful and safe online environments.
How old does my child have to be to join social media?
As a parent it is important you know that all social networking platforms have age limits. Some social networks use technologies that may not be right for some ages or engage with communities that are made up of people much older than your child.
Some apps can be monitored directly. For example, TikTok now includes family pairing features where you can link your account to enable you to monitor their content and privacy settings. See the TikTok guardians guide here. (Guardian’s Guide | Safety Center | TikTok)
It is always a good idea to be involved directly by taking part with your child online, trying games together and talking about different things that may happen.
#PlayYourPart as part of #SaferInternetDay by playing an online game together!
Should I change my Wifi password?
In many cases Wifi passwords are set to a standard password by the manufacturer. A router will have both a general Wifi password (how you connect your device to the internet) and a separate password to access the router settings itself, sometimes one, if not both of these are weak.
We suggest changing both passwords to make them more secure.
For additional information and support, please visit the national cyber security website (National Cyber Security Centre - NCSC.GOV.UK). It has information on how to improve your cyber security in six simple steps, you can also create a personalised action plan for yourself, your family or your business.
Some additional resources for families are available through the following websites: