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Advice for parents to help children stay safe online

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Cheshire Constabulary is urging parents to know how to spot the signs of online grooming to ensure their children stay safe. Police forces across the country are supporting Safer Internet Day - a national campaign to raise awareness of the potential dangers online.

Parents are being encouraged to talk to their children, keep track of what they are accessing online and who they may be talking to.

Here's a list of guidelines for parents:

  • Try to put the computer in an easy to see place in the home so that you can monitor what sites your child is visiting.
  • Check out the websites your child is using, just like you'd check out a school or a youth group they might visit.
  • Have a look and make a judgement whether you think it is a safe environment for them to be involved in.
  • Explain to your children why it is important for them never to give out personal details or post pictures of themselves publicly, just like you would when you explain to them not to talk to strangers.
  • Install internet filtering software showing a Child Safety Online Kitemark, on your computer.

We regularly go into schools to speak directly to children about the dangers and the darker side of using the internet. It is therefore imperative parents are also aware of these dangers and the sites their children are accessing as well as who they are communicating with."

– Superintendent Kevin Bennett, Cheshire Police