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On this page we will be building up a bank of resources and information to help parents protect their children online.
There have been two reports recently of police investigations into the misuse of social networking platforms, specifically children being persuaded to ‘friend’ and interact with individuals who then act inappropriately towards them.
These resources will help you monitor your children’s internet activities, in particular their use of the latest apps, websites and games.
The NSPCC has produced some excellent advice for parents on their ‘Share Aware’ website:
NSPCC Keeping Children Safe Online https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
In addition, the ‘Net Aware’ site has specific advice on the 50+ most popular sites, games and apps used by young people.
‘ooVoo’ in particular has raised significant safety concerns and additional advice on this site can be found on the parentINFO / CEOP site:
Parents' Guide to Technology has advice about a range of internet connected devices:
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) have a new website for parents and carers is now live at www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents. The new site offers a completely refreshed suite of articles and guidance on all aspects of child internet safety to keep children safe from sexual abuse, both online and off.
Articles provide guidance on topics as diverse as: challenging harmful sexual attitudes and promoting positive behaviours; helping a child with autism negotiate life online; supporting a child who has been sexually abused; and dealing with a range of online issues such as sending nude selfies and viewing pornography. Users will find films, downloadable guides and useful links to support organisations.
Families can also use the website to access the CEOP Safety Centre (www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre) where they can report abuse and exploitation direct to CEOP.
You can also visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/0/22728225 for information on safety settings on your home computer.