Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Advice Shop' on Child Internet Safety; Parents Can Visit High Street Stores to Learn about Trolls and Sexting

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Advice Shop' on Child Internet Safety; Parents Can Visit High Street Stores to Learn about Trolls and Sexting

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Byline: Mark Blunden Technology Reporter

PARENTS who are worried about their children's online safety can attend "digital drop-in days" for advice next week.

Sessions for parents and guardians will cover everything from managing screen time to cyberbullying, sexting and online grooming.

Workshops will be held at London branches of Currys PC World and Carphone Warehouse from Monday to Friday as part of a national initiative in collaboration with web safety charity Internet Matters.

Experts will provide tips on issues such as how to stop underage web users accessing inappropriate content and how to manage privacy settings, as well as online etiquette. Guidance will be given about setting up parental controls and "how to be more involved in their child's digital lives".

Visitors can bring their own devices into the store to make them childfriendly. Carolyn Bunting, general manager of Internet Matters, said: "Many parents will be buying smart-phones or tablets for their children but might need a helping hand with how to make sure they are safe when they go online.

"The digital drop-ins will be a onestop-shop for any questions or advice. Staff will be able to offer practical help, such as making sure parental controls are set, but also advice on having ageappropriate conversations with children." Kate Ferry, corporate affairs director at Dixons Carphone, said: "The internet is a fantastic place for learning and fun experiences, so we want to help parents enable their kids to enjoy it safely."

A report this year by safety charity Childnet found that one in four teenagers had suffered online abuse.

This week the Crown Prosecution Service announced a clampdown on online harassment and trolls who post derogatory hashtags or humiliating images. Investigators will scour Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites for evidence of "virtual mobbing" to incite hatred.

The CPS said bullies who incite others by retweeting "grossly offensive messages" will be pursued, as will those who take part in "doxxing" others -- publishing private information which identifies an individual, such as home address or bank details. …

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