Lincolnshire Police have a fact sheet for parents worried about children’s safety online – and there’s lots of advice from CEOP for children, parents and teachers.
“Your Child and the Internet, Parent’s Fact Sheet” from the police advises parents to know what their children are doing online and who they are talking to – and suggests keeping computers in a family room.
That way parents can share children’s online experience and children are less likely to act inappropriately via a webcam.
It also says parents should help their children to understand they should not give out personal details, such as their messenger ID, email address, or pictures of themselves, family or friends.
Parents are also advised to teach young people how to block someone online and how to report them if they feel uncomfortable.
Sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Bebo and Myspace have report panic buttons that children can use – and some have the CEOP Report Advice Help Logo, which takes you directly to the CEOP website.
Visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk for more help from CEOP, which has dedicated advice for children by age groups, for parents/carers and for teachers.
CEOP tell children: “The best way to stay safe is by never doing anything on a webcam you wouldn’t want your family or friends to see.
“If you do share something you regret, it’s never too late to get help.
“We all do things we wish we hadn’t sometimes.
“Even if the video or image is shared, no matter how embarrassing it is, it doesn’t have to be the end of the world.”
l Children can call Childline on 0800 1111, the police on 101 or report directly to CEOP’s website.