North Yorkshire Police is advising parents and children to use the internet safely.
The advice has been issued in support of the national Safer Internet Day, which was on Tuesday, and is aimed at promoting the responsible use of technology among young people and raising awareness for parents.
The key safety advice when using social networking sites is:
* Make sure you know who is viewing your profile
* Make it difficult to be traced by the information you post
* Know who to tell if you are worried
To keep yourself online, follow these simple tips:
* Don’t post pictures of yourself you don’t feel comfortable with.
* Set your privacy settings so only your real friends can get on your profile
* Make sure you know who is on your friends’ list.
* Speak to trusted adult or use the Report Abuse button if you are worried about a message or request on your profile
The advice to parents is to make sure they know who children are talking with online and to talk with them about any concerns they might have.
For more advice log on to www.thinkyouknow.co.uk/parents.
To report suspicious incidents phone police on 101 and option 1.