These days, children, are completely immersed in the culture of the web. They spend a lot of time gaming, doing homework, buying goods and chatting to friends online.
Because of their consistent online presence they are vulnerable to criminals.
How you can help reduce the risk
- Try to put the computer in an easy to see place in the home so that you can monitor what sites your child is visiting
- Check out the websites your child is using, just like you’d check out a school or a youth group they might visit. Have a look and make a judgement whether you think it is a safe environment for them to be involved in.
- Set up reasonable guidelines and limits for internet usage. Understand that it may be a big part of their life but that it needs to be regulated
- Explain to your children why it is important for them never to give out personal details or post pictures of themselves publicly, just like you would when you explain to them not to talk to strangers
- Install internet filtering software showing a Child Safety Online Kitemark, on your computer. Filtering products with a Kitemark have been independently tested to provide a simple and effective means of support to parents, helping to ensure that a child’s online experience is a safe one. The Kitemark scheme is sponsored by the Home Office and Ofcom.
Follow Ashleigh's rules
Ashleigh Hall was a young girl who was murdered by a man who created a fake Facebook account and arranged to meet her. Her friends have launched a campaign highlighting the potential dangers of the internet. They have created a set of rules in the hope that they will keep young people safe in the future.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP)
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the exploitation of children. That means building intelligence around the risks, tracking and bringing offenders to account, either directly or with local and international police forces and working with children and parents to deliver our unique ThinkuKnow internet safety programme.
624 children have been safeguarded through the work of CEOP in the past four years. 1131 arrests have been made and over 260 high risk sexual offender networks dismantled.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. That means we are part of UK policing and very much about tracking and bringing offenders to account either directly or in partnership with local and international forces.