Child Safety on the Internet
The internet is great and has the potential to provide children and young people with a wide range of opportunities, to learn, to have fun, to develop new skills, to make new friends and keep in touch.
However there are concerns about the possible threats to children's safety that can exist online.
Threats to Child Safety:
- Children and young people accessing either illegal or inappropriate sexual or violent material
- Targeting and grooming of children by predatory adults through chat rooms, possibly adults posing as children
- The abuse of children, in some cases using web cams or video chat rooms
- The use of email, instant messaging etc, to bully and harass others - this may be more likely to occur between children and young people
Guidelines for internet use by children and young people
- Place computers in public places where everyone can see what is being viewed
- Take an interest in internet use; talk to the young person about what they've seen.
- Monitor time spent online to ensure it does not become excessive
- Educate young people to use the resource sensibly
- Warn young people about unsavoury sites and discuss the issues involved
- Contact the Internet Watch Foundation if anyone finds any material you believe to be illegal
- Compile lists of safe sites and chat rooms
- Access chat rooms by checking if it is moderated and by whom and finding out if the chat room has a clear terms and conditions policy? Does it have appropriate access control and password verification? Does it remind users of safety issues? Does the chat room give young people genuine opportunities to interact and shape the chat?
For more information
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)
Use the CEOP website to find a number of ways to receive help and advice as well as the option to report any instance of sexual contact or harmful material to CEOP.
THINK U KNOW
Use the Think you know to download resources on child internet safety for use by children, parents/carers and teachers/trainers.
Kayleigh's Love Story
Kayleigh's Love Story is as a warning to young people, both girls and boys, about the dangers of speaking to people they don't know online. The film highlights just how quick and easy it can be for children to be groomed online without them or those around them knowing it is happening. Its purpose is to protect children now and in the future and to stop another family losing a child in this way.
Please be aware that if this film was to be screened at a cinema, it would carry a 15 certificate.