It is the fast moving pace of technology that makes it hard for parents to ensure their children remain safe. The NSPCC have teamed up with O2 to produce an excellent resource for parents that is keeping up with new sites and methods of communication.
THOA Top Ten tips for staying safe
Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.
Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself. Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.
Keep your privacy settings as high as possible.
Never give out your passwords. Ever.
Don’t befriend people you don’t know.
Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online. Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do.
Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are.
Think carefully about what you say before you post something online.
Respect other people’s views. Even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views, that doesn’t mean you need to be rude.
If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried, leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately.
Thinkuknow is the website run by CEOP, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre. We have the report abuse CEOP button on all our webpages. The site has lots of help for parents whose children’s IT skills are better than theirs!