Helping make the internet a safe place for Gwent's children and young people.
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Helping make the internet a safe place for Gwent's children and young people. That's the aim of Gwent's cyber crime team as they celebrate Safer Internet Day.
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.
Well, with Safer Internet Day coming tomorrow (8 February), we’ve spoken to a couple of our cyber crime officers to talk about all things online safety and the hidden risks we can avoid.
Co-ordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the celebration sees thousands of organisations get involved to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
The platforms young people use are spaces for connection, community and collaboration, which is why the day challenges them to foster supportive relationships and respectful communities, while equipping them with the skills they need to keep themselves and others safe in these spaces.
Our team is set to host a takeover of the force's Instagram account between 10am – 2pm on 8 February and will be on hand to answer your questions around keeping your family safe online.
But, ahead of then, here's a short interview with Kate and Natalie to get you thinking about how we can all create a safer internet.
Good morning. Can you log in here and let us know a little bit about yourselves and your work with Gwent Police?
My names Natalie and I work for Gwent Police’s cyber crime team.
Our team work closely with our partners and the local community to offer support and advice, helping increase their cyber security.
We attend many events and host cyber security surgeries with the neighbourhood policing teams.
We also share cyber crime prevention messaging through our Twitter account. @GPCyberCrime
It sounds like you do a lot of work to talk to our residents about what they can do to stay safe online? Is that what Safer Internet Day is about as well?
Safer internet day is an international day celebrating how important it is for young people to stay safe online – this year’s theme is ‘all fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’.
Safer Internet Day 2022 aims to encourage all who use the internet to make positive changes to be at the heart of creating a better internet for all.
Keep the below tips in mind when using the internet.
Don’t share any personal details
Watch out for scams
Think about who you’re talking to
Keep your device secure
Never give out your passwords
I know you're visiting schools in Gwent soon to talk to pupils about this, but what would your main message be to children and parents?
I encourage all parents or those who care for others, to celebrate Safer Internet Day in some way. Whether this be simply having a conversation regarding staying safer online, downloading an activity pack from Safer Internet Day 2022 - UK Safer Internet Centre or by joining us on Gwent Police’s Instagram account tomorrow (Tuesday 8 February) between 10am – 2pm, where we will be answering your questions around keeping your family safe online.
Do you have any final messages?
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: