Police and Crime Commissioner supports Safer Internet Day

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for the Thames Valley is supporting Safer Internet Day on 6th February which promotes the safe and positive use of digital technology.

With the theme of “Create, Connect and Share Respect”, the aim of the day is to promote a safer internet but also a better internet, where everyone is empowered to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.

Working to support a safer internet, the PCC has a key aim within his Police and Crime Plan to improve public awareness of measures to protect against cybercrime.

Last year the PCC awarded approximately £100,000 in grant funding to eight organisations working to improve prevention and early intervention of cybercrime, including delivering targeted cybercrime prevention activities particularly to those at either end of the age spectrum. This includes working with school children to raise awareness of topics such as grooming, sharing of inappropriate images and cyberbullying.

Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley said “I am pleased to support Safer Internet Day in promoting the safe use of digital technology. Cybercrime is a huge issue which often sees the most vulnerable targeted, leading to exploitation and fraud. Raising awareness and educating people to help protect themselves online is key to tackling this.”

The Police and Crime Commissioner has also commissioned the charity SAFE! to provide support to young victims of crime aged 8 -17 across the Thames Valley. Young victims of cybercrime can receive practical and emotional support through SAFE! on 0800 133 7938.  More information can be found at www.victims-first.org.uk/crimes/young-victims-service/

 

 

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