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What are the dangers online?
The internet is a wonderful resource enabling children and young people to connect, communicate and be
creative in different ways, on a range of devices. However, they may face some risks. While this may depend on the age of the child, the UK Safer internet Centre has identified the following online risk categories.
We recognise that this is a difficult time for parents and guardians and that the Coronavirus is having a significant impact on young people and families across the world. The closure of schools means that opportunities for children to talk to and play with friends will be limited to online interaction. This will almost certainly lead to children spending more time online. Parents working from home may not be able to monitor their children’s use of devices as they usually would. Unfortunately, whilst rare, there are negative influencers and online groomers who use the internet, social media and online gaming to spread their extreme ideas, which children can be exposed to. Some of these ideas may be considered radical or extreme and when a person starts to support or be involved in them, this is called radicalisation.