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Gadget Warning

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:01am 28th December 2013.

Cornish parents are being warned to clue up on any gadgets given to their children this Christmas.

It is as experts tell Pirate FM cyber bullying is the biggest threat they face online.

Statistics from the NSPCC show over a third of youngsters have been targeted at some point.

Devon and Cornwall Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer has told Pirate FM getting advice and passing it on to our kids is an essential part of staying safe over the festive season: "There's a lot of advice out there. If you go to CEOP there's a lot of advice there, there's lots on the internet and there's lots on our website that you can access, particularly for young people if they'd like to go and have a look.

"Do you really understand the internet access the gadget can give your child, do you really understand the role of social networking. It's a great environment cyber space but it also has its issues and it's important to think about that as well, as a parent.

"Parents take their children to school, collect their kids for home, make sure they learn how to deal with strangers but one thing they don't think about is 'what is the device I'm giving to them and what is the access on it' and that's just as important too.

"Providers are able to advise you and if you tell them it's for a child they're very keen that your child is safe and has a safe experience, so a lot of the providers are good at giving advice. A lot of it is common sense but some of it feels quite technical but as a parent it's your responsibility."

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