Video: Stay Safe Online Campaign backed by Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove
THE new Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside has pledged his support for the Grimsby Telegraph's Stay Safe Online campaign.
As reported, the campaign aims to protect young people from online dangers after a number of suggestive pictures and videos of local girls appeared online.
It also aims to educate youngsters and their parents about using the internet safely.
And after hearing about Stay Safe Online, in association with North East Lincolnshire Council and Humberside Police, Matthew Grove has thrown his weight behind it.
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He said: "As a parent myself I know only too well that nothing is more precious than the safety of our children.
"That's why I'm backing the Telegraph's campaign to raise awareness amongst children and their parents of the dangers that can lurk on the internet."
As reported, Conservative Grove took the post last month after winning elections held in an attempt to make the police more accountable to the public – and will now be in charge of setting Humberside Police's budget.
One of the flagship policies in Grove's manifesto was to appoint youth ambassadors to work with the police on key issues affecting young people such as drugs, alcohol – and internet safety.
It would be their job to take the police's message on key issues into schools and youth organisations – and Mr Grove thinks they would be a key to spreading the message of safety online.
He said: "We struggle to connect young people with the police and I want to counter this with the youth ambassadors.
"The issue of how young people are exploited over the internet is an example of how crime changes.
"We cannot protect them with police outside schools because the threat of internet crimes is in their own homes and on their own devices so we need to teach them how to protect themselves.
"Working closely with schools and with the support of local authorities I want to ensure that the Stay Safe Online message is taken into every classroom."
Mr Grove added: "With the arrival of the internet, children and young people have a fantastic opportunity to use technology for research and to communicate with friends.
"However, everyone needs to understand that some people are also using the internet to exploit and corrupt our children.
"Parents have a special responsibility to educate and protect them from online dangers and that is why the Telegraph's campaign to raise awareness is so important."