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E-Safety Warning


Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:04am 8th February 2015.

A St Austell mum tells Pirate FM a new online safety campaign could stop children having their lives ruined.

Stephanie Couch from St Austell is backing the NSPCC's Share Aware.

Her two boys are starting to use social networks and she wants to make them aware of the dangers.

But she tells us not all parents are: "The problem is most people think, when they think of social networking, they think of Facebook and Twitter. But there's also XBox live, which my children use, a lot of parents don't realise that strangers can talk to their children unless you have the settings correct. There's Whatsapp messenger that they can send their friends pictures with.

"With my children, I've got one child who's almost nine and another who is ten and a half. They're both at the stage where they go on XBox, one of them's got a phone now and I just think it's very scary, and for me I've had the conversation with them about lots of things. However I do know some parents find it difficult to start the conversation."

One south-west parent in the NSPCC e-safety research found sexual pictures of their fourteen year old son on his tablet.

A panel asked to rate websites as part of 'Share Aware' said almost fifty were too easy for children to sign up to.

Sarah Allum speaks for the charity in Cornwall and Devon: "Younger children in particular may not be aware that perhaps the person they're talking to isn't a young person of the same age, it's actually an adult who wants to encourage the child to get into a conversation and then perhaps do things like exchanging images.

"The internet is changing and moving all the time, there are new sites appearing, there are new games. In addition children of a younger and younger age are now having access to smartphones and tablets for instance and parents can't be there 24/7."

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