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No need to cop abuse from cyber menaces

Saturday, 17th March, 2018

Constable Ben Kelly, Crime Prevention and Youth Liaison Officer. PICTURE: Myles Burt Constable Ben Kelly, Crime Prevention and Youth Liaison Officer. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

Broken Hill Police are urging internet users, especially parents, to remain vigilant when it comes to internet safety. 

On the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, the Crime Prevention and Youth Liaison Officer, Ben Kelly, said the internet, with all its benefits, presents new dangers to children.

“As parents we all need to be aware of those dangers, as child safety is paramount,” said Constable Kelly.

Con. Kelly said parents need to be involved with their children’s internet use and be aware of cyber bullying, identify theft, scams and computer sex offenders. 

He said online bullying can include:

* Sending insulting or threatening messages

* Posting unkind messages or improper images on social networking sites

* Excluding others from online chats or other communication

* Inappropriate image tagging

* Sharing someone’s personal or embarrassing information online

* Creating hate sites or starting social exclusion campaigns on social networking sites

* Sharing unflattering or private images, including naked or sexual images; assuming the identity or creating fake profiles of another person online and representing them in a negative manner or a manner that may damage their relationship with others

* Repeatedly, and for no reason, attacking players in online games.

Con. Kelly said if children were being cyberbullied and it was escalating to threats of violence to them or their parents, they should call the police. 

Anyone who would like to know more about cyber bullying can go to www.cybersmart.gov.au or www.thinkuknow.org.au, or call Con. Ben Kelly at the police station on 8087 0299.

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