The world is a wonderful place full of information and opportunities. It is the place where your children will express themselves, explore and be creative. They will also try new things, sometimes push boundaries and take risks.
Has someone acted inappropriately towards your child online?
If your child has experienced sexual or offensive chat that has made them feel uncomfortable or someone is trying to meet up with them, you can report this directly to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP). This may have happened in a chat room, message board, instant message or on a social networking site. It could be on a mobile phone, games console or computer. It could be messages, images or conversations over webcam. The important thing is that if someone is making inappropriate advances to your child on the internet you should report it to CEOP. Make a CEOP Report – https://www.ceop.police.uk/Ceop-Report/ – If you or your child is in immediate danger call 999
How can I help my child stay safe online?
For a wide range of information about keeping your child safe online visit:
- ThinkuKnow – https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
- ParentInfo – http://parentinfo.org/articles/all –
- Sexting help – So you got naked online? http://www.swgfl.org.uk/products-services/Online-Safety-Services/E-Safety-Resources/So-You-Got-Naked-Online/Content/Sexting-Toolkit.aspx
- Protecting Children’s Privacy – A Guide for Parents, Carers and Educators – https://www.comparitech.com/blog/vpn-privacy/protecting-childrens-privacy/
- Internet Safety: How to Keep Kids and Teens Safe Online – https://www.bestvpn.com/internet-safety/
- The Complete Guide to Protecting Your Child’s Safety Online in 2018 – https://www.comparitech.com/blog/vpn-privacy/protecting-childrens-privacy/
- What parents need to know about Twitch – What parents needs to know about Twitch
What help can I get for my child?
If your child needs someone to talk to because something has upset them, it could be that they are being bullied or that they have seen something online which they wish they hadn’t. Children can ring Childline on 0800 1111 and speak to trained counsellors about any problems they may face or visit www.childline.org.uk