TENS of thousands of people across Europe will take part in a range of events to promote internet safety on Tuesday (February 5).

Supported by the European Union, it is the tenth annual Safer Internet Day.

The occasion has particular resonance in Darlington, home of 17-year-old Ashleigh Hall, who was murdered in 2009 by a man she met online.

Safer Internet Day aims to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology, particularly among young people.

Schools, businesses, local authorities, police forces and youth organisations have been encouraged to get involved.

Northumbria Police is one of the North-East organisations supporting the day.

Detective Chief Inspector Max Black, of the force’s protecting vulnerable people unit, said: “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.”

For more information, visit saferinternet.org.uk