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Internet Dos and Don'ts

The internet is a valuable, exciting resource for children and adults alike but, as we've shown in the programme, there are potential dangers associated with its use, especially for children.

However, there are a number of simple measures you can follow to help ensure your child's safety online.

Dos - for parents

Do: Talk to your child/children about how they use the internet and their favourite sites. Encourage them to show you how they access the net and to talk to you about any concerns they may have regarding online chat.

Do: Keep the computer in a public space - if a predator sees a living room/kitchen in the background on the webcam rather than a child's bedroom, he will probably be less likely to embark on attempting to groom your child.

Do: Try to get up to speed with the new technology. Helpful sources of information include;

Do: Remind your children that any people they only know through the internet (and not in the real world) may not be who they say they are.

Do: Make it clear to them that you will occasionally check what sites they are using and will also sometimes ask questions to make sure they know the person they're messaging.

Do: Check the privacy settings covering their profiles on-line.

Do: Remind your children that anything they post is likely to be visible to the world.

Don'ts - for children

Don't: post any personal information (such as your email address or mobile number) on your profile/s.

Don't: post anything online you wouldn't want the world to see.

Don't: continue online conversations that make you feel uncomfortable or suspicious about whom it is you are talking to. Report these to CEOP via their 'report abuse' facility.

Don't: agree to meet anyone you only know via the internet.

Don't: open any attachments or links if you don't know (in the real world) the person who has sent them.

Don't: use your real name in chat rooms - pick a nickname just to use online.

Don't: assume that the people you are chatting to online are really who they claim to be.

Don't: keep any anxieties to yourself about approaches to you or conversations you've had online. Talk to your parents and/or an adult you trust. If not, you can call Childline on 0800 1111.

Don¿t: accept strangers who contact your online profile as friends ¿ say NO or just ignore them.  Don't be tempted to say YES.

Don¿t: agree if someone suggests keeping your chats a secret - tell your parents or a trusted adult.

Panorama: One Click from Danger, Monday 7 January 2008, BBC One 8.30pm.

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