ASK YOURSELF THREE QUESTIONS
"Do you know what your child is viewing"
"Do you know who they are talking to online"
"Do you know what to do to help protect them"
Internet and Mobile Technology
The internet is an integral part of children's lives these days. It opens up many educational and social opportunities, giving access to, quite literally, a world of information and experiences.
Whether on a computer at school, a laptop at home, a games console or mobile phone, children and young people are increasingly accessing the internet whenever they can and wherever they are.
The following websites offer information, guidance and advice about how you and your children can keep safe on the internet:
ThinkUKnow - Come in to find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) - The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. That means we are part of UK policing and very much about tracking and bringing offenders to account either directly or in partnership with local and international forces.
BBC - Interactive games and information about staying safe
Kidsmart - fun interative information and advice including videos about all areas of digital communication such as mobiles, social networking sites and file sharing
Knowthenet - Information and resources for parents to help keep their children safe on the internet
Ofcom provides information on how to use the internet safely through guides published on its website.
Ofcom has produced four guides for parents and carers on:
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre's Youth Advisory Panel were asked what they would advise parents to do to help keep their children safe online. Below are the top bits of advice...
Parents should talk to their children about the dangers they may face online
Go online with your child and ask them to show you what they are doing
Parents should monitor what their children are doing online
More information is available on www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents
Enjoy the internet, but don't allow abusers to take away that enjoyment.
Contact the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
You can phone, or write.
if you believe it is urgent ring immediately:
New Road, Grays,
Call 999 if you are concerned a child needs immediate protection