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Staying Safe Online

More children and young people are using the internet to connect with friends and family and make new friends, play games, watch videos and browse the internet for information.

When they are online they can learn new things but there are also risks involved. By understanding the risks and talking to your child about the dangers, you can help them keep safe online.

 

The NSPCC has some good advice on topics such as:

 

NSPCC Net Aware is a simple guide for parents about the most popular social networks, apps and games that children and young people might be using, from Facebook and Instagram to Snapchat and YouTube.

 

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying has become increasingly common and is a form of harmful bullying behaviour which happens on social networks, apps, games and mobile phones. Cyberbullying can include posting rumours about someone, threats, sexual remarks, posting nasty or embarrassing messages, images or videos and revealing personal information.

Cyberbullying can happen at any time or anywhere and a child can be bullied when they are alone in their bedroom so it can feel like there’s no escape.

Children may know who's bullying them online or they may be targeted by someone using a fake or anonymous account. It’s easy to be anonymous online and this may increase the likelihood of engaging in bullying behaviour.

More information can be found on the NSPCC website.

You can report any online abuse through the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) website. Or report something inappropriate that you have seen to the Internet Watch Foundation

 

Child Sexual Exploitation Online

When young people go online they are at risk of sexual exploitation. They may be persuaded or forced to send or post indecent images of themselves, engage in sexual activities via a webcam or smartphone, engage in sexual conversations by text or online.

Abusers may threaten to send images, video or copies of conversations to the young person's friends and family unless they take part in other sexual activity and images or videos may continue to be shared long after the sexual abuse has stopped.

They are also at risk of:

The NSPCC has released some guidance about talking to children about sexting.

For more information about Child Sexual Exploitation please see our dedicated page.

 

Further Information

 

 

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