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Heeley families to be ‘Share Aware’ online

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Meg Munn MP is supporting the NSPCC’s new ‘Share Aware’ campaign which aims to get families talking about online safety.

The NSPCC has created a new online guide to help parents with the risks of different social networking sites used by children. This follows a survey which revealed that three quarters of parents found sexual, violent, or other inappropriate content on Sickipedia, Omegle, Deviant Art, and F my Life within half an hour of logging into the sites.

Those sites aimed at younger children, like Club Penguin, Moshi Monsters, Popjam and Bearville, fared better and parents did not find any unsuitable content on them.

Talking to strangers or sexual content were the main concerns mentioned by children. But they also thought the minimum age limit for signing up to many sites should be higher, despite saying they’d used the sites when they were underage.

Meg said:

“I know that parents are increasingly concerned about their children’s safety online but they often don’t know where to start. This is why I’m supporting the NSPCC’s campaign and urging all families to talk about being ‘Share Aware’ on the internet.

I hope parents will use the no-nonsense guides to untangle the web, understand what their children may be doing online, and feel confident talking to them about how to stay safe.”

Peter Wanless, CEO of the NSPCC, said:

“Children are taught from an early age that it is good to share but doing so online can be very dangerous. We must all be Share Aware”

To find out more visit: www.nspcc.org.uk/shareaware


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