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Officers at Northumbria say they are backing European Safer Internet Day, which aims to promote safer use of technology.
The day takes place on February 5 and aims to promote a safer way of using technology.
"The internet has become an invaluable resource for people of all ages.
"However, it is open to abuse because sometimes there is little accountability and regulation. Therefore, it is important that we are aware of the potential dangers so we can all use the internet safely and responsibly.
"Events such as Safer Internet Day provide education about the internet for parents and grandparents and, at the same time, help them to ensure their children use it safely."
A website with hints and tips about using new technology safely has also been set up for the internet safety day.
The mobile phone operator EE, owned by Orange and T-mobile, has unveiled plans for superfast 4G services in cities including Newcastle.
They say the technology will offer speeds up to five times faster than the current 3G service.
However its competitors are threatening legal action over the decision to allow EE to go ahead.
It's hoped 4G will be operating in Newcastle by Christmas, with 98 per cent of the country connected by 2014.
Anton Vickerman was jailed for four years at Newcastle Crown Court after being found guilty of two counts of conspiracy to defraud. He'd set up and run a website which allowed users to download pirate videos for free.
An internet pirate from Gateshead has been jailed for running a website allowing films and TV shows to be downloaded illegally.Read the full story ›
An internet pirate from Gateshead, who ran a website allowing films and TV shows to be downloaded illegally, has been jailed for four years at Newcastle Crown Court.
38 year old Anton Vickerman earned £35,00 a month from adverts on his website, surfthechannel.com.
It received 400,000 visitors a day and, at one point, was in the world's top 500 most popular sites.
Vickerman was convicted of two counts of conspiracy to defraud in June, following an eight-week trial.
His 39 year old wife, Kelly, was cleared of the same charges.