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Online life and offline life is just life

For many of us, we see our online lives and offline lives as different, but children are growing up with technology and the internet and for them there isn’t a difference; online life and offline life is just life.

Technology can move at an extraordinarily fast pace and it can be difficult to know how to start talking to your child about what they’re doing online, who they might be speaking to or discussing the potential risks and issues.

Starting the conversation
Talking regularly with your child is the greatest tool to help keep them safe online. Talking regularly and making it part of daily conversation, like you would about their day at school, will help your child feel relaxed. It also means when they do have any worries, they’re more likely to come and speak to you.

But it can also be easy to become overwhelmed with the different technology, the language that children use, the huge number of games and apps which are available and the potential risks.

5 ways to get support if things go wrong

  • Talk to someone you trust like an adult, or you can always talk to a Childline counsellor
  • Report bullying and abuse directly to the website or app
  • Delete things you’ve shared that you’re worried about, or find ways to hide them
  • Tell the police by making a report to CEOP if someone is threatening or blackmailing you
  • Plan for the future and change your privacy settings so it doesn’t happen again

TIPS TO STAY SAFE ONLINE
There are lots of things you can do to keep yourself safe online.

  • Think before you post: Don’t upload or share anything you wouldn’t want your parents, carers, teachers or future employers seeing. Once you post something, you lose control of it, especially if someone else screenshots or shares it.
  • Don’t share personal details: Keep things like your address, phone number, full name, school and date of birth private, and check what people can see in your privacy settings. Remember that people can use small clues like a school logo in a photo to find out a lot about you.
  • Watch out for phishing and scams: Phishing is when someone tries to trick you into giving them information, like your password. Someone might also try to trick you by saying they can make you famous or that they’re from a talent agency. Never click links from emails or messages that ask you to log in or share your details, even if you think they might be genuine. If you’re asked to log into a website, go to the app or site directly instead.
  • Think about who you’re talking to: There are lots of ways that people try to trick you into trusting them online. Even if you like and trust someone you’ve met online, never share personal information with them like your address, full name, or where you go to school. Find out more about grooming.
  • Keep your device secure: Make sure that you’re keeping your information and device secure.
  • Never give out your password: You should never give out your password or log-in information. Make sure you pick strong, easy to remember passwords.
  • Cover your webcam: Some viruses will let someone access your webcam without you knowing, so make sure you cover your webcam whenever you’re not using it.

Useful contacts for staying safe online

Safer UK Internet Centre: www.saferinternet.org.uk

Making the internet a great and safe place for children and young people. We help through our Awareness Centre: to provide advice and support to children and young people, parents and carers, schools and the children’s workforce. The Centre also coordinates Safer Internet Day across UK and has a Hotline: an anonymous and safe place to report and remove child sexual abuse imagery and videos, wherever they are found in the world

Cyber Aware: www.cyberaware.gov.uk

Cyber Aware (formerly Cyber Streetwise) aims to drive behaviour change amongst small businesses and individuals, so that they adopt simple secure online behaviours to help protect themselves from cyber criminals: Improve your online security and use a strong, separate password for your email. This is based on expert advice from the National Cyber Security Centre, a part of GCHQ.

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP): www.ceop.police.uk

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. Please either contact your local police force either on 101 or in an emergency 999 . You can also report online to CEOP.

Thinkuknow: www.thinkuknow.co.uk

Find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. If you look after young people there’s an area for you too – with resources you can use in the classroom, at home or just to get with it. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online.

Internet Watch Foundation (IWF): www.iwf.org.uk

IWF is the UK Hotline for the public to report child sexual abuse content on the internet. It works with the internet industry and the police in the UK and abroad to get the content removed. You can report on their website, anonymously if you prefer.

Get Safe On-line: www.getsafeonline.org

Get Safe Online is the UK’s leading source of unbiased information. Funded by several government departments, it provides factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety.Our website is a unique resource providing practical advice on how to protect yourself, your computer or mobile device and your business against fraud, identity theft, viruses and many other problems encountered online.

Internet Matters: www.internetmatters.org

We’re a not-for-profit organisation that has a simple purpose – to help keep children safe in the digital world. We’re passionate about keeping children safe online and are here to help you make the right decisions for you and your family. Whether you’re looking for information for the first time, or an old hand, our website has everything you need to help make your children’s online life fulfilling, fun and above all safe.

NSPCC: Helpline: 0808 800 5000 – Help for Adults Concerned about a Child: www.nspcc.org.uk

We’re the leading children’s charity in the UK, specialising in child protection and dedicated to the fight for every childhood. We’re the only UK children’s charity with statutory powers and that means we can take action to safeguard children at risk of abuse.

Childline: Helpline: 0800 1111: www.childline.org.uk

ChildLine is a counselling service for children and young people. You can contact ChildLine in these ways: You can phone on 0800 1111, send us an email, have a 1-2-1 chat with us, send a message to Ask Sam and you can post messages to the ChildLine message boards. You can contact ChildLine about anything – no problem is too big or too small. If you are feeling scared or out of control or just want to talk to someone you can contact ChildLine.

Virgin Media Cyber security quiz: What is it and how can you stay safe online?

Take Virgin Media’s cybercrime test and learn about online crimes and how to stay safe when browsing
https://www.virginmedia.com/blog/online-safety/cyber-security-quiz/

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