Youngsters helped to stay safe online at series of events

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Police in the Chesterfield area have been helping young people get switched on to online safety.

They have been visiting schools and holding community events to raise awareness of cyber crime and to encourage safe use of the internet.

Safer Neighbourhood officer PC Mick Hellewell has been holding special assemblies at St Mary’s Catholic High School about the safe use of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

He spoke to pupils in Years nine, 10 and 11 about keeping their personal details, photographs and profiles secure.

Fellow neighbourhood officers PC Simon Duddles and PCSO Becky King set up a stand at Chesterfield College to speak to students, and provide information about online security and advice on what to do if people suspect they have been a victim of cyber crime.

The events had been set up as part of the national Get Safe Online Week, a campaign to help people protect themselves from cyber crime, such as fraud, harassment and child exploitation.

Safer Neighbourhood Team Sergeant Heather Saville said: “We would like to thank our local schools and colleges for giving us the opportunity to speak to young people about how to stay safe online.

“Safety and security in the virtual world is just as important as it is in the real world, but is possibly something we forget to consider. That’s why we’re raising awareness of the issues and making sure people know where to go for help and advice.”

Visit www.getsafeonline.org for advice.