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Parents and children in Bodmin to be taught internet safety

Parents and children in Bodmin to be taught internet safety

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:29pm 17th January 2019. (Updated at 3:00pm 17th January 2019)

Parents and children are going to be taught about online safety after reports of 'grooming' in Cornwall via a popular game.

Beacon ACE Academy in Bodmin has sent a letter to parents about pupils playing Fortnite.

It says five from another school were asked to perform "inappropriate acts" and told "frightening things will happen to their families if they do not cooperate".

It is understood they were targeted through their social media accounts.

Now police say a youth intervention officer is going to attend the school to give a talk about social media and staying safe on the internet.

"Police were called on Thursday 20 December after staff at a school in Bodmin became aware of pupils receiving inappropriate comments from an unknown man on the game Fortnite.

"Officers attended and spoke to those involved.

"A local officer is due to attend the school to give a talk to pupils and parents of safe use of social media."

Devon and Cornwall Police

So what is the advice from officers?

  • Check your settings: Check your privacy settings to make sure only those you want to can see your profile and posts. Even then, you can’t be sure that your information won’t be shared.
  • Too much info: A lot of the information that many people put online can be used by fraudsters. For example, don’t use your real date of birth in your profile.
  • To click or not to click?: On Facebook, Twitter and many other social media sites, you’ll often get invited to click on a link to a freebie, special offer or charity appeal... or to view sensational content. Be very careful what you click on as it may take you to a fraudulent website.
  • What goes online, stays online: It’s easy to post or share a comment? or photo, but probably impossible? to delete or control what happens? to it next. That includes abusive or embarrassing comments, sexy pics and things you might regret saying the next morning. Your employer might see it too!
  • Think before you post or send: as a rule of thumb try asking yourself 'would I want my mother/granny to see what I'm about to post?'.
  • Abuse, bullying, stalking: Report any kind of abuse you encounter on social media, and unfriend the perpetrator. And, of course, doing the same thing to others is a no-no ... it’s harmful and unnecessary.
  • Protecting your kids: Posting pics of your kids? Turn off geolocation in your settings so they can’t be tracked. If they use Snap Maps, tell them to switch on Ghost Mode to keep their location hidden. Talk to them about who they accept as friends, and online stranger danger. That’s good advice for big kids (adults) too. And remember that most social media sites have lower age limits.
  • Away from home?: It’s great posting updates or pics about what a fantastic holiday you’re having, but that could also be telling everyone that your home is unoccupied. Some insurance companies are rejecting burglary claims for this very reason. Again, think before you post or send.
  • Be your own person: Urging someone else on social media to do or post something irresponsible or harmful may be some people’s idea of fun. Don’t get swayed to do something you know is wrong, and don’t do it to others.

By following a few simple rules, your child can enjoy the internet safely.

Remind your child:

  1. How easy it is for a person to hide their real identity online. Not everyone is who he or she says they are.
  2. Never arrange to meet someone he or she has ‘met’ on the internet.
  3. Never give out contact details to someone they have met online such as telephone number, mobile number or address.
  4. Never give out personal details that may reveal their age, gender or location, such as their school or college.
  5. Change their email address if they suspect someone they have met online has access to it.
  6. To tell you if they’re worried about something or someone they have come across on the internet.
  7. Only use moderated chat rooms, where they can chat all he or she likes, but an adult will be keeping an eye out in case of any problems.
  8. Never email a photo of him or herself to someone they have met online.
  9. Don’t believe everything they read - sometimes people don't tell the truth and will say things to manipulate them.
  10. To use their common sense; if something seems wrong or makes them feel uncomfortable, then they must tell you or another responsible adult straightaway.

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