The use of the internet is now a part of our everyday lives, and it’s important that when using the web, you remain secure and avoid any pitfalls or risks that are out there.
Humberside Police use their force website and social media channels to provide information, advice, share appeals, ask for assistance to help make our communities safer and stronger. They also provide up to date information of any current local, regional, and nationwide internet safety campaigns, that the Neighbourhood Network also share through their own channels.
There are several online resources that provide Humberside Police us to advise about some of the main online threats to look out for. The helpful links are listed below:
Many different sources offer top tips for staying safe online, but the majority of these offer the following basic advice. These top tips are from ourwatch.org.uk:
• Make sure you have an up to date security programme and anti-virus software installed on your computer
• Install updates for your operating system, web browser and other software as soon as it is available. But beware of emails about security updates; these could be hoaxes.
• Make regular backups of important files.
• Be careful about clicking on links and attachments in emails. Don’t click on links from an unknown sender. Remember that spammers could also gain access to a friend’s account, so if you get an uncharacteristic email containing a link from a friend, do not click on it but find another way of contacting them to check that the message is genuine.
• Remember that free screensavers and games can be used to infect computers with viruses. Never download them, no matter who has sent them to you.
• Never click on a link in an email from your bank. If you want to use online banking, enter the website address in the address bar yourself, so that you know you are going to the right website and not a fake site designed to replicate the genuine article.
• Leave a website if you feel suspicious – if the site doesn’t look or ‘feel’ right, if there is text that doesn’t appear to have any purpose or doesn’t tie in with the rest of the site, or if you feel uneasy for any reason.
• Don’t use open wi-fi hotspots to send private information such as bank details.
• When buying things online or otherwise entering sensitive data, look for a padlock in the bottom right corner of the screen and a web address beginning with https. This indicates that you are on a site that has its own built-in security. If you use a wireless network at home, password protect it.
• When buying things online or otherwise entering sensitive data, look for a padlock in the bottom right corner of the screen and a web address beginning with https. This indicates that you are on a site that has its own built-in security.
• Make sure your passwords are strong and you use a different one for each account. As a rule, passwords should contain a mix of numbers, symbols and upper and lowercase letters.
• Regularly check your social media privacy settings to control exactly what you’re ensuring with whom.
• If you’re going away on holiday, don’t advertise it on social media!
The internet is a fantastic place for children to learn, create and have fun, but they may occasionally have to deal with a variety of sometimes challenging issues.
Issues may include cyberbullying, the pressure to take part in sexting, encouragement to self-harm, viewing pornography, along with various others. There are positive things you can do to equip yourself and your child, support them in resolving any issue they may face.
There are lots of sites that can offer advice, but the following offer really good advice for parents to follow: