Hampshire Constabulary is backing Safer Internet Day on February 7th, 2012, by launching its own Personal Internet and Cyber Safety (PICS) presentation for schools across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised each year in February to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world. This year is an opportunity to encourage users young and old to “discover the digital world together safely”.
Connecting Generations: Looks at the reach of the online world across all generations and cultures and encourages families to work together to stay safe online. Whether you are 5, 40 or 75 years old, whether you use the internet once a month or several times a day – each person has something different to bring to the table that can help shape our online experiences and our understanding of online competences and safety. We all have a role to play in ensuring that every child is safe online.
Today our offline and online worlds are strongly connected, from families communicating via webcam with relatives and friends abroad to children doing their homework online. The online world is a unique arena where people of all ages can learn together and from each other, especially regarding online safety. Tech savvy youngsters can teach their elders how to use new technologies, while grandparents can draw on their life experiences to advise younger generations on how to stay safe online, as they discover the digital world together. Visit www.saferinternetday.org for more information.
Led by the force’s Public Protection Department, the Hampshire Constabulary presentation has been developed by Whitehill Police Community Support Officers John Terry and Jim Leggat.
The PCSOs have taken national advice from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre and developed interactive presentations for both primary and secondary school pupils that are both educational and engaging.
The presentation has already been successfully trialled at a number of schools in the north of Hampshire – with positive feedback received from students, teachers and parents – and is currently under consideration to be rolled out as a force-wide initiative in 2012.
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