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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:
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.
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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.
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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Next to claims of a housing crisis that is pricing a generation out of ever owning their own home, and forcing families out of their communities. Housing the Powerhouse, a campaign made up of house builders and developers, is warning that Greater Manchester is heading towards a London-style housing problem.
Figures just out show property prices in Manchester are set to rise by 26% in the next four years.
The government says it'll build nearly a million more affordable homes in that time.
But are the hopes of thousands of people being dashed by low wages and soaring rents?
Daniel Hewitt reports.
The North West is a region of chocolate lovers according to a new study. A poll by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) revealed 44% admitted to being a chocoholic whilst 55% said they'd scoffed a share bag or large chocolate bar in one sitting. On top of that a quarter said they'd eaten the sweet treat from the floor whilst a third ate it past the sell by date.
The BHF say it’s time for a DECHOX and is calling on chocolate-lovers give up their favourite sweet treats for March and get sponsored to raise money for life saving research. Last year, more than 19,000 people took part, raising almost £800,000 in the fight against heart disease.
“By joining thousands of people and signing up to DECHOX you’ll have a great support network around you to kick that chocolate habit. Whilst it’s only a bit of fun to challenge yourself to dump the chunk for one month, it could be a great way to get into better eating habits and the money raised through sponsorship will help fund vital research to help the 7 million people living with cardiovascular disease in the UK.”
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