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Zoe E Breen Zoe E Breen | 18:45 UK time, Friday, 10 February 2012

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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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.


  • Comment number 1.

    why is this news? theres a specialbutton on every piece of internet enabled device to stop bullying.

    its called the off switch.

  • Comment number 2.

    On Facebook, can you discover who has checked out your profile?

  • Comment number 3.

    What I don't understand is where a site is clearly breaching laws by continuing to allow offensive, mendacious and libellous comments, why can't the authorities simply close them down or is it too expensive for anyone to investigate?

  • Comment number 4.

    This to me is a fault of Facebook even if the user clicks on the report abuse button it doesn't appear to do anything at all. My family has been subjected to Facebook bullying and I had never heard the terminology 'Trolling' before watching Panorarma. There was a hate page created for my family and I know the person who created it yet they continued with the page even after the police telling them to delete it. The problem with Facebook is that even when you report stuff it takes forever for them to come back with any information as for the Police to do anything they need confirmation of IP address etc. i think more laws need to be in place to protect people from cyber bullying in my case it also escalated onto the streets and is still on going today. I took the option of closing my Facebook account as what you cant see cant harm you but feel there is also a responsibilty on Facebook to take action. After watching the programme my heart goes out to the young girls parents its horrific and I hope the bullies are dealt with accordingly how someone sp young took there own life is a tragedy and for the comments which were posted after her death are disgusting. What kind of world are we living in that certain people think it is ok to do this 'Trolling' how would they feel if it was reversed and it was about a member of their own family. Lets give the police more power and knowledge to deal with these people they after all deserve to be punished!...


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