Police Scotland launch campaign to keep youngsters safe online

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Police Scotland have launched a campaign to raise awareness about online safety for children aged between nine and 16.

The Stay Safe Online campaign is to help children, parents, teachers and carers improve their knowledge and understanding of how to keep children safe while they are online.

Stay Safe Online will provide children with the information they need with “Digi Dan’s Top Tips” available on the website at www.digidan.co.uk.

The website includes a quiz for and youngsters can download Digi Dan’s ibook to keep his online safety tips.

The campaign targets two age groups, the younger group, from nine-12 years old will receive ten top tips from a cartoon character,

Digi Dan, who is an internet explorer and knows everything about staying safe online. Packs for youngsters including leaflets, posters, mousemats and water bottles will be distributed to schools across Scotland promoting Digi Dan and his website.

Older children will also receive advice about keeping safe online including tips on password security, social media posting, sexting, how to deal with inappropriate pictures and who to contact for help.

Detective Chief Inspector William Cravens said: “All children and young people need to understand they should only share pictures online that they are happy with friends, family and others seeing. They also need to know how to keep their personal information private and to contact an adult if they feel threatened.

“Any child who feels risk or is worried should speak to a parent, guardian or teacher or can phone Police Scotland on 101 or Childline on 0800 1111.”

Further informationcan be found at www.scotland.police.uk on Twitter @PoliceScotland and Facebook: www.facebook.com/PoliceScotland.