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Police investigations into the misuse of Social Networking Sites

Police investigations into the misuse of Social Networking Sites

Important Message from County Hall’s ICT/SEN & e-safety Consultant Early Years and Schools Service 

We have received two reports this week of police investigations into the misuse of social networking platforms, specifically children being persuaded to ‘friend’ and interact with individuals who then act inappropriately towards them.

I should be grateful if you would consider reminding parents of the need to closely monitor their children’s internet activities, in particular their use of the latest apps, websites and games.

The NSPCC has produced some excellent advice for parents on their ‘Share Aware’ website:

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware/

In addition, the ‘Net Aware’ site has specific advice on the 50+ most popular sites, games and apps used by young people.

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/?order=-popularity

Oovoo in particular has raised significant safety concerns and additional advice on this site can be found on the parentINFO / CEOP site:

http://parentinfo.org/article/oovoo-everything-you-need-to-know

 

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