Share Take Care: Ask an Expert
Are you the parent of a teenager and worried about how they use social media and in particular how much they share with others online? Teens and social media are a powerful combination - the benefits can include sharing experiences and making friends, but these can be outweighed if compromising information appears online.
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- Hi, I'm 14 years old, I've have been bitched about on Twitter and Facebook these last couple of days...
- Despite being warned by a friend, I found myself on what I think is a 'scam' social networking site...
- My 13 year old daughter keeps getting rude messages and pictures posted on her website? How can I avoid this?
- I am a pensioner living outside the UK. My family and I have been subjected to persistent cyberbullying...
- I'm not a teenager but I am being bullied online...
- I have tried to make my IP address and location not visible on Facebook, but under Security settings, active session it still shows and won't let me delete or edit it. Could you help me please?
- My 14 year old daughter has become very secretive is spending a great deal of time online...
- What are the risks of my child being targeted and groomed online?
- I don't think my child has been looking for over-18 content but how can I be sure?
- I'm worried my child is sharing too much personal data...
- Ask an expert: How do I manage my child's internet access?
- Should I be worried about how much time my child spends gaming or on his phone or other electronic device?
- How can I monitor what my child is doing on Facebook in order to make sure they are using it safely? Is it a good idea to be my child's friend on Facebook?
- What online issues should I be aware of as a parent with pre-teen or teenage children?
- I'm worried my child is viewing porn online. What do I do?
- Can I filter YouTube?
- What else can I do other than set parental controls to protect my children from upsetting content?
- I'm really worried about my young children coming across age inappropriate materials on the web...
- How do I know if my child is being bullied on line? What can I do if they are?
- My children know more about the internet than I do - where should I start?
- My 17 year old son has put some silly photos of himself on his Facebook profile...
Charlotte Aynsley is currently Policy Advisor at Beatbullying having previously led the successful and innovative CyberMentors programme. She leads Beatbullyings interface with government in relation to Cybermentors and other programmes and its position on cyberbullying. To date, Cybermentors has been delivered in over 200 schools and there are over 4,000 young Cybermentors.
Jonathan Baggaley heads the Thinkuknow education programme at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre. Thinkuknow is aimed at children, parents and teachers/trainers and uses a range of age appropriate materials, including specially created award winning films. The programme has been accessed by children over 9 million times to date.
Sangeet Bhullar is the founder and executive director of WISE KIDS, a non-profit organisation set up in 2002 to promote innovative, positive and safe internet use. WISE KIDS achieves this aim through the delivery of training programmes, consultancy and resource development. WISE KIDS works with young people, youth professionals, educators, community, public and private sector organisations.
John Carr is one of the world's leading authorities on children's and young people’s use of the internet and associated new technologies. He is a key government adviser on internet safety and is on the Executive Board of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS). He is also on the Advisory Council of the Family Online Safety Institute in Washington, DC, USA, and Beyond Borders, Canada.
Will Gardner is the CEO of Childnet International, a children’s charity working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children. He is a lead partner at the UK Safer Internet Centre, and in this role, organises Safer Internet Day in the UK. He is a member of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety, and is also on Facebook’s Safety Advisory Board.
Karl Hopwood was a primary headteacher for eight years and now works as an e-safety consultant, both in schools (with pupils, teachers and parents) and with a range of organisations including the European Commission and UKCCIS (UK Council for Child Internet Safety. He's a trustee of Childnet International and adviser to CEOP and the UK Safer Internet Centre.
Trish O'Donnell works for the NSPCC developing new responses for issues in the sexual abuse field as well as developing specialist sexual abuse services. She's worked as social worker in child protection for a local authority and the NSPCC for 20 years as a practitioner and a manager. She's Vice Chair of a local Safeguarding Children Board and a member of their task group on sexual exploitation.
Professor Andy Phippen has conducted research into young people and their use of technology since 2005. He works with young people, schools, parents and online safety practitioners to explore effective solutions to dealing with problems that can arise for young people online. His recent research is around sexting and “websex”. He is a research partner with the UK Safer Internet Centre.
Vicki Shotbolt is the founder and CEO of the Parent Zone which exists to make life easier for parents. Vicki has been developing information for parents about internet safety for 10 years responding to the parenting dilemmas of the digital age. Vicki works with schools, technology companies, the police, parents and young people to create and deliver information that allows parents to make informed choices.
Visit the Share Take Care website to watch Meera Syal's video on internet safety and your family.