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The majority of the information below is taken from the Childnet’s Know IT All website (copyright Childnet International 2005-2010), which provides a great deal of information on e-safety. We recommend you visit the site.
It can be hard to keep an eye on what your children are looking at online, to say nothing about what they are putting on their websites, who they are chatting with, and what they are downloading. But remember, right from the start, that just because your children may be more confident in using the internet that doesn’t mean they can do without your involvement, advice and support. Of course it’s every parent’s nightmare that their child gets in contact with a stranger who could try and lure them to meet up, and sadly we do know that this type of activity does go on. However, it is relatively rare, and the good news is that there are simple things that you can do to keep your children safer.
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It’s just as important to let your children know that they can talk to you about anything which makes them feel uncomfortable on the internet, mobile or tablet and that you will try to support them and not overreact. One of the biggest risks for children and young people is that they give out too much information to the wrong people.
We don’t just mean telephone numbers and addresses, we also mean the name of their school, their intimate thoughts and feelings and, increasingly, pictures of themselves. Once information has been sent out in an email, by mobile phone or posted onto a website, it can easily be copied or forwarded to others and you don’t know where it will end up or who will get it.
To help you discuss e-safety with your children you can use the Oak Lodge School Digital Promise and the “SMART” Handout.
If you know about a child who is in immediate danger and you need an urgent response, always call 999 and contact the police. You can also contact your local police for other cases where you think the law has been broken, for example serious instances of cyber-bullying.
If you are suspicious or know that a child is being groomed by an adult on the internet, then you should report directly to the police and you can do this online at www.ceop.gov.uk. Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) is a national police centre which specialises in such cases. All reports are taken very seriously and a police officer will get in touch with you.
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