Keep your children safe online this Safer Internet Day

Release Date: 07/02/2017

Parents across Richmond upon Thames are being urged to pay attention to online safety as part of a campaign which aims to protect children from online grooming.

Today (7 February) is ‘Safer Internet Day’. The aim of this day is to promote the safe and responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially for children and young people.

The global theme for this year's event is 'Be the Change: Unite for a better Internet', and focuses on the part we all play in helping to create a safer internet.

Cllr Stephen Speak, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said:

"Safer Internet Day gives us a valuable opportunity to remind everyone about how to keep children and young people safe online. This includes parents, carers and those who work with children and young people.

"This day also lets us raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), and offers advice on identifying when exploitation may be taking place and how to report it.

"Although young people today are digitally savvy, they also need to be reminded about how to protect their privacy and their personal information online, and just how important this is.

"I'm sure we all appreciate just how quickly technology changes and we need to do all we can to help to keep young people safe."

Find out how much you know about being safe online by completing this online quiz.

Updated: 21 June 2017