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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Safer Internet Day: Cumbria's top cop leads fight against cyber crime

Cumbria police’s online expert Stuart Hyde is joining an internet safety day today.

Stuart Hyde photo
Stuart Hyde

The acting Chief Constable, an international expert on computer crime and president of the charity the Society for the Policing of Cyberspace, will be involved with the national day, which aims to raise awareness of online safety.

The Cumbrian force will take questions online all day, from 8.30am.

The focus of this year’s Safe Internet Day (SID) is ‘connecting generations’ and aims to encourage families to explore online technology together.

People can post questions to the north Cumbria community safety team via the force website, Facebook or Twitter.

Posts will appear on the police website throughout the day, covering a range of online safety advice.

They start covering internet safety tips at 9am, grooming, advice and information at 11am, gaming information at 1pm, social networking at 2pm, registering with thinkuknow.co.uk at 3pm and supporting your children online at 4pm.

The online event starts at 8.30am with a discussion on whether children know more about technology than their parents.

People can post questions publicly, or privately by adding PRIVATE before posting the question.

On Twitter, questions can be asked by adding #cumbriasafeonline to tweets.

Fifty-two-year-old Mr Hyde took up his role last month after being given the top job on a temporary basis until August 2013 after nearly three years as the county’s deputy chief constable.

No permanent appointment is being made because the Government wants incoming crime commissioners, due to be elected later this year, to be able to decide on their own chief constables.

He replaced former Chief Constable Craig Mackey, who left for the Metropolitan force.

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