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Stay Safe Online
The Stay Safe Online campaign is to help children, parents, teachers and carers improve their knowledge and understanding of how to keep children safe while they are online. The campaign targets two age groups.
The younger group, from 9-12 years old, will receive ten top tips from a cartoon character, Digi Dan, who is an internet explorer and knows everything about staying safe online. Packs for youngsters, including leaflets, posters, mousemats and water bottles, will be distributed to schools across Scotland. “Digi Dan’s Top Tips” are available on the website digidan.co.uk. The website includes a quiz and there is an ibook to download.
Older children will also receive advice about keeping safe online including tips on password security, social media posting, sexting, how to deal with inappropriate pictures and who to contact for help.
Chief Inspector William Cravens said: “Police Scotland is committed to building Safer Virtual Communities for everyone. We want to help children to enjoy the benefits of the Internet by being able to Stay Safe Online.
“All children and young people need to understand they should only share pictures online that they are happy with friends, family and others seeing. They also need to know how to keep their personal information private and to contact an adult if they feel threatened.
“Any child who feels risk or is worried should speak to a parent, guardian or teacher or can phone Police Scotland on 101 or Childline on 0800 1111.”
Digi Dan’s Top Tips for 9-12 year olds
1. Keep your phone, laptops or tablet secure – use a password or PIN.
2. Don’t do anything online that you wouldn’t do face to face.
3. Learn what is OK to post and share on the internet. Comments, photos and videos you post or share are always recorded, even if you delete it, so it could be seen by someone in the future.
4. Don’t talk to strangers or make friends with strangers on social media – you never know who they really are.
5. Never feel forced to do anything you don’t want to do.
6. Block people who send nasty messages and tell someone about it.
7. Don’t send or make nasty comments about someone else online.
8. Don’t open links and attachments from people you don’t know.
9. Never arrange to meet someone you have met on the internet
10. Tell an adult, or someone you trust – like a friend – if you feel frightened or worried about what’s happening to you online. There is always someone who can help you.
Tips and advice for 13-16 year olds
1. Keep your phone, laptops or tablet secure – use a password or PIN.
2. Don’t do anything online that you wouldn’t do face to face.
3. Think about what you post – would you be happy for people to still see it in 10 or 20 years? Comments, photos and videos you post or share, make up your digital footprint, even if you delete it, so there is still a record of it.
4. Do you really know your online friends? Think about why and how you know people and if you are not friends in the real life you shouldn’t be online.
5. Never feel forced into doing anything you don’t want to do.
6. Block people who send cruel or offensive messages and tell someone about it.
7. Don’t open links and attachments from people you don’t know.
8. Never arrange to meet someone you have only met on the internet.
9. Sexting is never a good idea. Once images have been taken and sent to others, control is lost of them and they can end up anywhere. Just think – if you wouldn’t print and pass these images around your school or show your mum or dad, then don’t share by phone or other technologies.
10. If you receive an indecent image or naked selfie from someone, do not send this image onto others or respond with one of you – report it. Always tell an adult you trust.

For more information, please visit:
www.childnet.com www.thinkuknow.co.uk
www.choicesforlifeonline.org
www.getsafeonline.org
If you are upset or worried about an image you have sent or received, you can call:
Childline on 0800 1111 or Police Scotland on 101.
There are lots of places you can go to get more information and advice. The more people who know the tips the safer we will all be. Most importantly – you need to know that you won’t be in trouble, whatever you have done, just tell someone you trust and they can help sort it out.

T in the Park counter provision

There will be public counter provision at Kinross Police Station during the weekend of T in the Park from 9am to 5pm. This is due to the huge demands placed on the local community during this large scale event and to provide a point of contact for visitors to the town.
This is only for the duration of the event, after which it will revert to the current set up whereby the police can be contacted by telephoning 101.