"The Internet is such an integral part of children's lives these days. It opens up so many educational and social opportunities, giving them access to, quite literally, a world of information and experiences.

Whether on a computer at school, a laptop at home, a games console or mobile phone, children and young people are increasingly accessing the internet whenever they can and wherever they are.

As you would protect your child in the real world, you will want to make sure that they are safe whatever they are doing.  Like learning to cross the road, online safety skills are skills for life.  If your child understands the risks and can make sensible and informed choices online, they can get the most from the Internet and stay safe whilst doing so – particularly from those people who might seek them out to harm them."

CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) Centre

"It can be hard for parents and carers to supervise what young people are doing online, including who they are talking with, but it is important to remember that not everyone or everything online is reliable or trustworthy. Although chatting to people online is popular, there are potential risks in communicating with people you don’t know, and unfortunately some children have been hurt when they have met up with friends they have met online. Childnet’s website shares information on how to stay safe when chatting online.  If you are concerned that a child or young person is being inappropriately contacted online by an adult you can report it to CEOP."

Childnet International


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