Children and the Threat of Cyber Danger; Parents Want to Keep Their Children Safe but Often Forget That with the Popularity of Blogging and Chatrooms, Paedophiles Are Only One Click Away. NICOLA JUNCAR Reports How Families Will Soon Get Help

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SENDING your child off to big school for the first time is an emotional milestone thousands of families will reach next month.

It is a sign your little one is growing up, but while he or she may think they know what is best there are still dangers from which they need protecting.

With most families now having at least one computer, parents are becoming all too aware of the problem of perverts who use the internet to groom children. But on starting secondary school it is more likely your child will have easier access to computers elsewhere, such as in class, at a friend's house or at an internet cafe or library.

To help parents educate their children on how to use the internet safely a new CD-ROM and leaflet, called Know IT All For Parents, will be sent to around 6,500 families across Newcastle this September.

They will be included in the school admissions and transfer information packs being sent out to parents and carers whose children are due to start school or move on to middle, secondary or high school next autumn.

The guide has been produced by Childnet International, a charity which works to make the internet safe.

The CD-ROM contains a wealth of information, including how to set up parental controls to make sure children do not access inappropriate sites by accident.

The software also gives top tips to protect children from online paedophiles. These include having the computer in a family room, not the child's bedroom.

The software contains activities that parents can do with their children to start the discussion about safe use of the internet and mobile phones, along with advice on how to use chatrooms and blogging safely and how to tackle cyber-bullying. …


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