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How to keep your children safe online

Keeping your children safe online Credit: PA

Many children are leaving themselves vulnerable online by failing to set their social media profiles to private, an online safety group has warned.

Internet Matters said only 47% of children set their profiles to private, meaning they are more vulnerable to being contacted by strangers online and cyberbullying outside of their circle of friends.

Many children do not set their social media profiles to private Credit: PAThe figures, released by the group to mark Safer Internet Day, also show 18% of children have given out personal information online like their full name, home address or phone number.

And six per cent of children surveyed, aged between 7 and 17, admitted they had met up with someone they've met online in real life.

Tips on how parents can help to keep their kids safe online:

Talk

It’s important to start talking to your child about staying safe online at an early age. Keep conversations short but frequent.

Encourage your child to come and talk to you if they see anything that upsets them.

Explore Online Together

Ask them to show you what they like to do online, and show an interest.

Check if any of their apps have ‘geo-location’ enabled, sharing their location unintentionally.

Keep talking to your children about what they look at online. Credit: PAKnow who they are talking to

Children may not think of strangers online as strangers – they may think of them as online friends. Explain it’s easy for people to lie about who they are online. You can also become ‘friends’ with your child on social networks.

Agree boundaries

Set rules about when and for how long they can go online, the websites they can visit,and how to treat people online.

Show them how to report offensive comments or block people who upset them.

A Facebook user edits privacy settings Credit: PACheck content is age-appropriate

Check the age ratings on the games they play or videos they watch, and make sure websites and social networks are suitable.

Use parental controls

Internet Service Providers provide controls to restrict content, and many electronic devices such as laptops and smartphones allow you to do the same.

Remind them about privacy

Make sure they are not sharing sensitive information online and tell them what to do if they are contacted by someone they don’t know.

Explain how you can use privacy settings to make sure only approved friends can see posts and images.

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Woman threatened with gun by gang of men in Wythenshawe

Hockley Road in Wythenshawe Credit: Google Maps

A group of men threatened a woman with a gun in Wythenshawe last night.

At about 11.35pm a group of men, armed with a machete, an iron bar and a shotgun, went into the communal area of a block of flats on Hockley Road and began to kick at a door.

When a 24-year-old woman answered the door, one of the men threatened her with the gun before discharging it into the hallway of her address. The men then fled on foot in the direction of Firbank Road.

Police are appealing for witnesses. In addition they would like to speak with anyone who has knowledge of a small silver car that was in the area last night and the preceding days which may be linked to the incident.

Detective Inspector Nicholas Haigh of South Manchester division said:

“Fortunately the woman was not hurt, but she was threatened with a gun and this was very distressing for her.

“We understand the community will be alarmed by this incident and we have extra patrols in the area to offer some reassurance.

“If you have any information about what happened, don’t hesitate to speak to an officer. We are not linking this to any other recent shootings in the Manchester area and we do not think that there is a wider threat to the community.”

– Detective Inspector Nicholas Haigh

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 4882, 101, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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Watch: Driver pulls out of a junction into oncoming traffic

Driver turns into oncoming traffic Credit: MEN SYNDICATION

This footage was captured by stunned Amanda Lodite on her dashcam as she followed a vehicle on Adswood Road in Cheadle on Sunday afternoon.

Both cars had been stopped at the lights for a few minutes waiting to turn right but when they changed to green the driver in front turned into oncoming traffic on the wrong side of the island.

She posted the video on Facebook with some suggesting the driver may have been confused by the road layout, but others argued the claims saying if people can’t understand basic road signage then they shouldn’t be on the road.

Amanda believes the driver was male and said that he would’ve had plenty of time at the lights to observe where he was going if he wasn’t familiar with the junction.

She said:

“I was behind him for quite a while and then he stopped in front of me at the lights to turn right the same way I was going.

“The lights changed and he went down towards the oncoming traffic on the wrong side of the island.

“There was plenty of time whilst the lights were on red for the driver to observe where he was going if he wasn’t familiar with the junction.

“He then crossed from the wrong side of the road around the island to end up in front of me again as I slowed down for him to do so as I wasn’t sure what he was doing.

“As I drove past, myself and the lady who he was heading towards while on the wrong side of the road looked at each other in disbelief.”

– Amanda Lodite
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