Police chiefs in Suffolk and Norfolk are backing today’s Safer Internet Day as part of efforts to ensure people protect themselves online.
The day of action comes just a week after senior officers highlighted the huge growth in cybercrime, including sexual offending, the county’s force is facing.
Steve Mattin Detective Superintendent of the Joint Cyber & Serious Crime Directorate said: “With the exponential rise of digital technology and the internet, new and difficult challenges have presented themselves to parents and carers raising children in this new age.
“The UK Safer Internet day on the 9th February highlights the ever increasing need to not only raise awareness of what our children are doing online, but to encourage open and honest dialogue about the dangers that they face”
Stephen Bett, Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner, said: “More and more people in Norfolk are falling victim to crimes committed from behind a computer or smartphone screen, from internet scams to online grooming and abuse of our children and young people.
“Knowledge is power when it comes to staying safe online. This serves to remind us all what we can do to protect ourselves and our families.”
Norfolk chief constable Simon Bailey added: “The event not only provides a great opportunity to engage with industry, education and police partners, who are working together to help keep children safe, but provides a direct engagement with the public on key messages and support services.”