Virtually S@fe is a pilot project being delivered in Brixham, Paignton and Torquay. The aim of Virtually S@fe is to help keep children safer online and it does this by:

1. Giving 'hands on' practical online safety advice for parents and carers

2. Providing special presentations for children in schools

Virtually S@fe is a project delivered by Devon and Cornwall Police, Hele's Angels and Safer Communities Torbay. It's funded by the Torbay Safeguarding Children Board and Devon and Cornwall Police.

Specially trained staff and volunteers with mobile equipment like laptops, smartphones and tablets go into community venues to give parents, guardians and carers a short 'hands on' online safety demonstration.

Staff and volunteers can help people to use the equipment to view websites, talk about issues and look at ways of reducing risks.

The Virtually S@fe Team know that some parents, guardians and carers might not use the internet themselves and that's okay. Knowing how to talk about online safety in a positive way with children is much more important than knowing how to use a computer.

The types of risks that a child might face online include:

  • Cyberbullying
  • Grooming
  • Inappropriate websites
  • Inappropriate games
  • Losing control over pictures and films
  • Online reputationAddiction
  • Viruses, hacking and security

You can follow the team on Twitter @VirtuallySafe1 or telephone Safer Communities Torbay on 01803 207263 to find out more about the project.