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today use the internet - at home, at school and when they're out
and about. How can you be sure that they are surfing safely?
As we all know, computers can be great tools for kids, but there
are dangers attached to using the internet.
Many parents have no idea what their children are viewing on the
internet. They may be unaware that their child has encountered violent
or sexual content or is engaged in inappropriate conversation with
By taking an active role in supervising how your child uses the
internet, you can help to ensure that they continue to have fun
on the net and find the information they are looking for, while
keeping safe from some of the medium’s dangers.
Steps to safe surfing
• Make sure you have a secure internet connection.
• Write down a list of rules and position it in a place close
to the computer where they can be easily read. Talk through the
rules with your child so they understand why they're there.
• Don't site computers in places where it is difficult to
monitor what your child is viewing.
• Show an interest in what they're accessing/doing online.
If possible get to know your child's online friends in the same
way that you would get to know their school or neighbourhood friends.
• Reinforce the message about safety considerations to your
children when they are chatting with people online. Check out our
advice for your child and social networking pages so you know how
to advise them.
• Encourage your child to tell you about anything they think
is inappropriate and reassure them it is not their fault. Make sure
they know you will support them.
• If they report anything to you, contact your local police
office. You can also report abuse online to the Virtual Global Taskforce
and report illegal images to the Internet Watch Foundation.
Help them to help themselves
Of course you may not always be able to supervise how your child
uses the internet, especially if they access the net from outside
the home or using mobile technology. You should not assume you child
is safe online just because they use it safely at home.
If your child has a Facebook page, suggest they download the 'ClickCeop'
button which will allow them to access advice and guidance and report
concerns directly to The Child Exploitation and Online Protection
Centre (CEOP). Many other social networking sites also have links
In addition, the UK government has launched a website to give additional
advice to children about chatting safely on the Internet. Your child
can access this site by visiting www.thinkuknow.co.uk
The Scottish Government has also launched an action plan on child
internet safety. Find out more at www.scotland.gov.uk/childinternetsafety
Local Community Officers
Bridge of Earn & Abernethy: Constable Graham Ogilvie
Kinross-shire: Constable Sadie Allan
To contact the local community officers, telephone the police non-emergency
number 101 or email as follows:
Crime Stoppers – Telephone 0800 555 111
This telephone number is a free phone number (unless you are using
a mobile phone), which any member of the public can contact at any
time if you have information relating to a criminal activity of
any sort. It is, if you wish, confidential and you cannot be contacted
if you choose to remain anonymous.