The internet can be a great tool for children and young people, however it is important to remember that there may also be hidden dangers.

• Check out what child protection services   
   your internet service provider offers - do
   they filter for SPAM, for example?

• Keep the computer in a communal area of
   the house, where it is easy to monitor
   what your children are viewing.

• Computer kit is expensive, so bear in
   mind that a child with a laptop may be
   vulnerable when carrying it to and
   from school.

• It's not a good idea for your child to open
   files from people they don't know as it
   may contain a virus or inappropriate
   material. If your child receives SPAM or
   junk emails, remind them to never believe
   them, reply to them or use them.

• Encourage your children to tell you if they
   feel uncomfortable, upset threatened by
   anything they see online.

• Personal details such as your child's
   name, age and location should never be
   on view to the general public.

• There are plenty of chatrooms and online
   communities which are designed for
   parents so you can get advice from other
   mums, dad and carers easily.

For more information about keeping your children safe online visit the Think U Know website, or for more general information about online safety visit Get Safe Online or visit Child Net or Chat Danger.

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