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What are the risks to children?

Accessing the internet and using mobile phones can put children at risk of:

  • Seeing disturbing information or images
  • Being the victim of online bullying (also known as cyberbullying)
  • Being contacted and manipulated by an adult for sexual purposes (also known as grooming)
  • Sharing personal and identifying information with strangers
  • sending or receiving sexually explicit films, images or messages of themselves or others (this is known as sexting when sent by mobile phone)

Source: NSPCC

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