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Due to advances in technology, there are a variety of ways in which we are now able to communicate with one another, chatting online, instant messaging, mobile phones, chat rooms, social networking, file sharing and gaming. However, we also need to understand the potential risks involved when using online and mobile phone technology, and how to minimise these risks.


Did you know that…?

  • 26 per cent of children report having a public social networking profile.
  • 56 per cent of parents whose child has received nasty or hurtful messages online are not aware of this.
  • One in eight parents don’t seem to mediate their children’s online activities…
  • 73 per cent of children say their peers have helped or supported their internet use.


Top Tips

  • Always tell a trusted adult straight away if you are upset or worried about something that has happened online.
  • Never put your address on your social networking site.
  • Never send a person a picture without first checking with your parent or a guardian
  • Use your Privacy Settings
  • Don’t arrange to meet up with someone who you have met online.
  • Never give out any personal information about yourself. This includes your full name, address or school.
  • Visit the ThinkUKnow website for information on what's good and what's not, resources for home and school and a place to report if you feel uncomfortable or worried about anyone you meet online.


Top Tips for Parents

  • Be involved in your child’s online life.
  • Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online.
  • Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world.
  • Know what connects to the internet and how. Nowadays even the TV connects to the internet.
  • Consider the use of parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones.


Further information on how to keep your children safe online can be obtained via the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) website.