On The Beat March 2017

March 03 2017

WE often visit local schools to help young people understand how to stay safe while using digital media and technology.

WE often visit local schools to help young people understand how to stay safe while using digital media and technology. 

It’s important for us all as parents and carers to talk to our children about how to keep themselves safe, and that includes online as well as on the street. 

The digital world is brilliant for connecting us with family and friends and gaining access to information and entertainment but, like the real world, it has its dangers. 

Young people must remember that behind every profile is a person – and they might not be who they say they are. Children should never share personal information or arrange to meet anyone they’ve met online. 

It’s also important to be aware that once an image or piece of information is shared, you lose control of it, and there can be unintended consequences, which could include blackmail, bullying, unwanted attention and emotional distress. 

This is especially true of ‘sexting’ – the sharing of indecent images. Many young people think it’s harmless, but if it’s done by someone under the age of 18 it’s against the law, so our advice is don’t ‘bare then share’. 

You can find more information on the risks of life online on our Facebook page and Twitter feed and we're even on Snapchat, so do please find out more and share our tips with your children. 

Other sites, like www.nspcc.org.uk have good advice too, so check them out to find out more about parental controls, social networks, on-line gaming, cyber-bullying and ‘sexting’. 

 I’d also like to reassure you that a man who stole petty cash from Hanham Community Centre has been jailed for a year. 

The 31-year-old was jailed by magistrates on Wednesday January 25. He admitted four counts of burglary and fraud offences after using bank cards stolen in walk-in thefts in the town earlier in the month. 

 Finally, if you’re concerned about road safety – we need you! 

The Hanham and Longwell Green Speed Watch volunteers need more members to operate successfully. They’ve been specially trained to use speed monitoring equipment to check traffic speed in local hotspots. 

The volunteers take details of vehicles clocked over the limit and pass them on to us. We then write a warning letter to the registered keeper. 

If you think you could help, contact PCSO Catherine Boyce by e-mailing catherine.boyce@avonandsomerset.police.uk