Children now grow up in a world where computer technology and life on the internet is the norm. However although the web is a place of considerable knowledge and development it can also be the root of some serious dangers.
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) has a website: www.thinkuknow.co.uk which has information tailored to different age groups, teachers/trainers, and parents/carers.
Select Here for more information on CEOP.
Select Here for more tips and advice from 'Get Safe Online'.
Privacy is a huge concern online, particularly with the increasing popularity of the various social networks. There is a trend of people updating their friends on every aspect of their lives.
The danger in this is if privacy settings are not checked regularly, this information has the potential to reach a much wider audience of strangers. If your children are users of any social networks make sure settings are checked and more importantly get them to really think before they post.
The Internet Watch Foundation
The Internet Watch Foundation is the UK internet Hotline for anyone to report their exposure to online child sexual abuse imagery hosted anywhere in the world, non-photographic child sexual abuse images and criminally obscene adult content hosted in the UK.
For more information or to report a website visit www.iwf.org.uk
The step-by-step confidential reporting form is easy to navigate and can be submitted anonymously. The IWF works nationally and internationally, in partnership with the NCA CEOP Command and police forces in the UK.
Sexting is the sharing of explicit pictures or video through mobile phones/other devices and the internet. It is something that is on the increase with most phones and gadgets having built in cameras, especially causing concern with regards to the young people who use them.
A quick revealing picture sent to a boyfriend/girlfriend could soon be spread rapidly across internet sites and many inboxes across communities. Sexting also raises an issue that if children do this they may also be breaking the law by communicating explicit photographs of people under the age of 16, even though the photographs in question are actually of themselves.
So think before you take that picture, shoot that video, or send a snapchat.
Once images are posted or sent you have lost control.
'Exposed': The following 10 minute drama from CEOP is aimed towards 14 to 18 year olds and deals with the subjects of Sexting and Cyberbullying.
Phone Apps - what they do and potential risks
Dubsmash, Boomerang, Avakin Life, COPPA, Houseparty - group video chat - find out more about what these apps do and the risks in using them - Click Here
Facebook Messenger, Google +, MeetMe, Snapchat, Tumblr, Omegle, Yahoo Messenger, Yik Yak, SoundCloud, SimCity Buildit, WeHeartIt, Dubsmash, Vine - To find out how safe are your children online - Click Here