Staying Safe Online

Keeping children safe online

This information is taken from Dorset Police Child Online Safety

Children learn through exploration and natural curiosity, and the internet can be a wonderful educational tool. But there are risks in the virtual world as well as the real world and our children need to be protected from everyday dangers – and that includes going online.
In the age of smartphones and tablets adults can find it a real challenge to not only educate children in doing the right thing, but monitor and control their online behaviour.
None of us – of whatever age – are immune form encountering problems online and our children are certainly more vulnerable and naturally more trusting than adults. Some of these potential issues are as follows:
• Inappropriate contact: From people, who may wish to abuse, exploit or bully them.
• Inappropriate conduct: because of their own and others’ behaviour, such as the personal information they make public, for example on social networking sites. Unfortunately, children can also become cyberbullies, especially when encouraged by others.
• Inappropriate content: being able to access or being sexually explicit, racist, violent, extremist or other harmful material, either through choice or in error.

There is a wealth of information on the Dorset Police website: Get Safe Online (Dorset Police). Additionally, the Safe Schools and Communities Team (Dorset Police) specialises in all aspects of cyber bullying and online safety. They have a range of resources which highlight current trends as well as safety advice for parents, the community and professionals.
Click here for the Online Safety Newsletter – Dorset Police – Autumn 2019
Click here for the Online Safety newsletter – Dorset Police – Summer 2019

The NSPCC can support parents in setting up parental controls, advice on sexting, online games and video apps. They can help you understand the risks and suggest ways to keep your child safe. They have a wealth of up to date information to explore.
If you are worries about something a child or young person may have experienced online, contact the NSPCC helpline for free support and advice: Call 0808 800 5000

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