Five tips to keep children safe online

There are no bones about it. The internet has revolutionised the way we operate in today's world. Without a question the World Wide Web is one of the most informative and useful tools available at our fingertips, but what was once utilised solely by adults is becoming increasingly accessible by a younger audience.

With the birth of social media and a never-ending supply of platforms offering online support, children are spending longer online and becoming more confident behind a keyboard, a smart phone or a tablet.

But how do we safeguard their activities and create a safe environment for our little surfers?

Child protection specialist Mark Williams-Thomas has five essential tips to help oversee your child's computer activities and protect them from any dangers thrown at them online.

Find out how the most popular apps your kids use actually work

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Loom bands correction

We'd like to correct an error in a recent Facebook posting about loom bands. We incorrectly stated that Carlie Lawrence, whose son was injured in an accident involving a loom band, wanted them to be banned. In fact, Mrs Lawrence had just said she would not allow loom bands in her house again, and that there should be a safety warning on the packets. Sorry for the confusion Mrs Lawrence.

Happy 1st birthday Prince George

Prince George Alexander Louis Cambridge celebrates his first birthday on Tuesday 22 July, so we've asked legendary royal photographer Arthur Edwards and royal reporter Victoria Murphy to look back at the little Prince's life in the limelight so far.

Arthur will be talking about - and showing off - some of his favourite pictures of the future King, and Victoria will have the inside gossip on what party celebrations the little boy may have to mark his first year.

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Keep your kids safe online

The problem with Twitter and other social networking sites is that they weren't set up with child protection in mind

– Mark Williams-Thomas

Most UK schools are now on their summer holidays, meaning that millions of children will have hours of extra free time to spend on social media - such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

But do we really know what they're getting up to online and how safe they are? We commissioned a poll for under-16s, hosted by Netmums, to see how well they understand staying safe online.

Today, Mark Williams-Thomas talks us through the results, plus looks at some of the most popular apps that children use, and helps parents to manage their children's online activity.

Internet safety helplines

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Reuben's Retreat supports families in need

In 2012, Nicola Graham suffered every parent's worst nightmare. After her baby boy Reuben fell and hit his head, Nicola rushed him to hospital, assuming he had concussion. But a scan revealed that he had a large brain tumour, and just over a week later, Reuben died, aged just 23 months old.

Devastated by her son's death, Nicola decided to help others like her, and set up Reuben's Retreat, to support the families of terminally ill children.

Helped by friend and former Coronation Street star Julie Hesmondhalgh, she's on track to raise £1 million. Nicola and Julie join Eamonn and Ruth to tell the story.

Find out more about Reuben's Retreat

For more advice see our brain tumour helplines, sick and disabled children helplines and bereavement helplines

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The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile

Savile would have been furious with this book

– Dan Davies

For over 40 years Jimmy Savile was at the forefront of pop culture, the eccentric TV and radio personality who befriended prime ministers, celebrities and royalty and raised millions for charity.

However, nearly a year after his death, in October 2012, it emerged that Savile had used his position to abuse the vulnerable. Journalist Dan Davies spent more than a decade on a quest to find the real Jimmy. Dan was given access to the man now at the centre of the darkest scandal of recent years and joins Eamonn and Ruth to reveal what he discovered.

In Plain Sight: The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile by Dan Davies is out now

Child abuse and survivor support helplines

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