Norfolk Police back online child safety campaign

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Police in Norfolk have given their backing to a new national campaign designed to help parents make sure their children are safe online.

The NSPCC’s Share Aware initiative, which was launched on Friday, is particularly aimed at families with children aged between eight and 12, the ages when children tend to start using more electronic devices.

The campaign encourages parents to talk to their children about how to stay safe while online and what to do if they are approached by a stranger or see inappropriate content.

It also recommends letting children show parents the sort of games they play on the web, agree limits for the amount of time youngsters can spend online and check account privacy settings.

Det Supt Julie Wvendth, of Norfolk Police’s Safeguarding and Investigations Command, said: “There is no doubt that this Christmas, Wii consoles, iPads, mobile phones and other electronic gadgets will have been on many a child’s wish list.

“Now is the time for parents, who have not already done so, to have important conversations with their children about who they may be chatting to online and what they may be sharing about themselves.

“Many parents can feel apprehensive about being too inquisitive about their children’s lives particularly when they start to find independence at high school.

“But this is the time when they need to adopt prying eyes and set rules around internet use to help their child to understand that strangers online are still strangers and they need to keep their personal information private.”

For more information about the campaign, visit www.nspcc.org.uk/shareaware.