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Cornish Parents Fearful over Children's Internet Safety

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6:01am 6th July 2012

Pirate FM can reveal more than two thirds of Cornish parents say they do not get enough help to protect their children on the internet.

Seven out of ten have told us they need more information about online safety.

It comes as the government considers forcing internet companies to automatically filter out porn.

Nigel Barker from a Redruth internet company said, "The internet now is a fact of life and I think parents are left behind in a lot of cases. This creates a concept of fear because they don't know what their kids know and also what their kids are doing.

"When I was a kid I was always told, 'Don't talk to strangers' and there were adverts on the television. I think that message has actually got lost on the internet.

"Engage with your kids and engage with your kids' use of the internet. Talk to them about the dangers."

Three Things to Tell your Children

Experts say there are some simple messages to make sure your children stay safe online:

  • Explain that personal information (name, address, phone number, school, arrnagements for meeting with friends etc.) should never be given out online to anyone the child doesn't know offline.
  • Explain that once a picture has been posted online it can be copied and shared with other people if you delete it. That means being careful about the sort of photographs and information that gets put up.
  • Explain that some people lie online and that it is never too late to tell someone if something happens that makes them feel uncomfortable.

You can get more information about how to keep your family safe online here.

6:01am 6th July 2012

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