Safe internet use by children was the focus of a workshop held as part of Parents’ Week 2013.
Bedfordshire Police offered advice to parents on ensuring that their children surf the web safely at the Sandye Place Academy event on Tuesday.
Parents‘ Week aims to raise awareness of parenting and the needs of families.
Richard Denton, Beds Police’s children and young people development officer and school coordinator, hosted the workshop.
He said: “The internet is a fantastic tool and the majority of the time it is a beneficial, fun and educational resource.
“We are just asking everyone to apply common sense and follow a few simple safety measures.”
The idea of the workshop was to emphasise the difference a little extra supervision can make, he said.
He added: “The workshop aimed to enhance parents’ and guardians’ understanding and awareness of the internet.
“Parents and guardians need to know who their children are talking to, what information they choose to share and how to maintain privacy.
“We hope that this event has enhanced the work we do all year round to keep young people safe online.”
Anyone who was not able to attend the workshop can help to ensure their children’s web browsing is safe by following some simple tips.
n Look at installing security products that allow parents and carers to block certain websites, implement time limits and monitor activity.
n Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends that they do not know offline.
n Explain to your children what information to them is personal, like their email address, mobile number and school name. Small items of information can easily be pieced together to form a comprehensive insight into their lives.
n Make children aware that they need to think carefully about the information and pictures they post on their profiles.
n If your child receives spam or junk email or texts, remind them never to believe their contents, reply to them or use them.
For more information and advice see www.thinkuknow.co.uk