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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 (IWF) is the UK internet Hotline for anyone to report online child sexual abuse imagery and non-photographic child sexual abuse images anonymously.

IWF works internationally to make the internet safer. They help victims of child sexual abuse worldwide by identifying and removing online images and videos of their abuse. www.iwf.org.uk

Sexting dangers

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.