West Midlands Police is playing its part in the national Safer Internet Day today (10th February) which sees organisations across the UK working together to promote internet safety.
Coordinated by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the day will see hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology.
Over 650 organisations will be participating, reaching 25% of children and 18% of teenagers in the UK.
WMP will be posting a series of messages via our various social media platforms looking at keeping young people safe on the internet.
Messages and advice will be going out throughout the day tomorrow and the force is also supporting the initiative’s ‘Thunderclap’ – a social media platform which will simultaneously convey the message to over a million people at 8am tomorrow.
Chief Superintendent Steve Graham, WMP’s lead for cybercrime commented: “We’re pleased to support this national initiative, it fits in well with the work we do on a daily basis to highlight to our communities how to stay safe online.
“We can all play a part in helping to create a better and safer online community. We would ask everyone to follow the simple hints and tips we will be sending out throughout the day tomorrow and working together, we can help combat cybercrime.”
Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Cllr Yvonne Mosquito said: “Online crime blights the lives of many people across the West Midlands and can be a particularly invasive and nasty form of crime when it takes place.
“That is why I am calling on people across the West Midlands to take part in safer internet day and protect themselves from harm online.
“This is a growing form of crime that we are constantly looking at to make sure that we are dealing with it as effectively as possible.
“By following some a few simple hints, we can fight online crime together.”
The force will be using the #SID2015 hashtag on all their related social media activity throughout the day.