People in Wakefield will be given a helping hand to protect themselves against cyber criminals and make the web work better for them this summer through a series of new workshops.
The Wakefield District Neighbourhood Policing Team has joined forces with the NSPCC and O2 to offer a series offer a series of free cyber safety drop in sessions in the city.
The sessions are running throughout July and August and will provide residents with tips about how to better protect passwords, shop safely and how to avoid falling foul of online scams, malware and viruses.
Officers will also provide advice to parents and carers about how to keep their children safe when using social media, and about available support for subjects such as online bullying.
Visitors will also be able to ask advice about how to make better and safer use of software intended to help them track down bargains through online shopping.
The drop in sessions are the latest of a number of initiatives to help residents better protect themselves against on line crime in West Yorkshire.
The force regularly takes part in cybercrime action weeks and Wakefield officers have carried out a number of cybercrime inputs at local schools.
These have included sessions at Greenhill School in Eastmoor, in which officers have also taught coding to primary school children.
Det Insp Dan Tillett, Wakefield District cyber-crime lead, said: “A significant amount of work has been ongoing in Wakefield district and in wider West Yorkshire to help people better protect themselves against cyber-crime.
“We continue to look for new ways to help people better protect themselves and I want to thank partners who are helping with these latest sessions.”
PSCO Johnny Plummer of the Wakefield Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We want to do all we can to help people stay safer online and I would encourage anyone who has some spare time and wants to get some practical cyber advice to pop along and see us.
“There is no charge and you will be able to get some good advice from those in the know, as well as ask any questions about on line security you may have.
“For more information on how you can stay safe on line, see our Block The Webmonsters page.”
Venues which the drop in sessions will take place at include:
Lightwaves Leisure Centre:
· Thursday August 4 (4pm-8pm)
· Friday August 12 (1pm-8pm)
· Tuesday August 23 (4pm-8pm)
· Saturday September 3 (2pm-8pm)
Please note finish times for these sessions might depend on the availability of partners.
Trinity Walk :
· Saturday July 30.
· Thursday September 1.
Wakefield One library :
· Monday August 1 (1pm-6pm)
· Tuesday August 2 (1pm-6pm)
· Tuesday August 9 from 9am (Library opening time) to 5pm.
· Friday August 19 from 9am (Library opening time) to 5pm.
· Tuesday August 30 from 9am (Library opening time) to 5pm.