Many of us conduct our lives online these days, whether it's speaking to friends on social networking sites or posting our latest thoughts and musings on Twitter. While there's nothing wrong with this there can be risks - and particularly for children and young people. Find out more about what you can do to keep safe when online.
Top Tips For Parents
Keep in the know about e-safety and follow the 5Ps for parents. Download a copy to print out and stick on the fridge as a daily reminder!
Teach Your Children The SMART Rules
The SMART rules have been written especially for children to remind them how to stay safe online. You can help by going through these rules with your children to ensure they understand them.
Let WES Keep Your Children Safe Online
The WES E-Safety website is a fun, interactive site aimed at children of all ages. It is packed with great advice, videos and games designed to teach children how to stay safe online.
Keep Safe On Social Networks
Make sure your privacy settings aren't giving away too much about yourself on social networks, and get the ClickCEOP button and browser toolbar to get internet safety advice at your fingertips, whenever you go online.
That Picture's Not As Private As You Think...
There is a growing trend among children and young people to take indecent photographs of themselves (and sometimes even of friends) to send on to each other or post in public places.
Don't Fall Victim To Online Dating Scams
Online dating scammers are not out to steal your heart - instead they want to steal your cash! Every year West Mercia Police investigates many cases where fraudsters have tricked money out of unsuspecting victims on internet dating sites - sometimes thousands of pounds.
Concerned About Something You've Seen Online?
If you are concerned about websites that have criminally obscene images or depict child abuse, you can report them to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).
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As a bonus, when you sign up you can get a free e-safety guide to download, print out and keep by your computer as a handy reminder of how to keep safe online.
Other Useful Links
Find out more about internet safety on the following websites:
- Childnet - http://www.childnet-int.org/
- CyberMentors - Beat Bullying - http://www.cybermentors.org.uk/
- Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) - http://www.ceop.police.uk/
- Think U Know - http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/