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Campaigners are urging that students as young as five should be given training in how to use the world wide web securely. The call comes amongst worries that kids are progressively exposed to online pornography and encouraged to send indecent pictures of themselves to others. ChildLine are holding instructional campaigns in every UK primary school to show the children how to remain secure in the electronic age. Claire Lilley, of the NSPCC, said: “We are facing an e-safety time bomb.” She added that online abuse was one of the biggest child protection issues of our time. “Young people tell us they are experiencing all sorts of new forms of abuse on scale never before seen,” she said. ChildLine says its helpline took some 3,745 calls about abuse via the internet and mobile phones last year, with most callers aged between 12 and 15. The Child Exploitation and Online Protection group (CEOP) warned that pedophiles are increasingly forcing children to carry out sexual acts online. The NSPCC says that schools need to step in as the issue is something that parents struggle to keep up with. It also wants all internet service providers to provide easy systems to allow parents to install online blocks and filters in their homes. But Phil Bradley, of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, argued against blanket filtering of the internet. He described it as “like using a hammer to crack a nut”. He went on to say, “When it comes to the internet… children need to learn how to use it safely and how to differentiate the good from the bad.” A spokeswoman for the government said web safety was taught in schools as part of the personal, social and health curriculum but it shouldn’t just be left to teachers. “Just as parents would teach their children to cross the road safely, they should also help them learn how to stay safe online, she said. “The industry also has a vital role to play. Websites children use to network should be fully moderated and internet companies should provide parents with all the tools and information they need – including access to parental controls,” she added.

Train Your Children Early on the Importance of Internet Safety, Starting as Early as 5 Years Old

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Campaigners are urging that students as young as five should be given training in how to use the world wide web securely.

The call comes amongst worries that kids are progressively exposed to online pornography and encouraged to send indecent pictures of themselves to others.

ChildLine are holding instructional campaigns in every UK primary school to show the children how to remain secure in the electronic age.

Claire Lilley, of the NSPCC, said: “We are facing an e-safety time bomb.” She added that online abuse was one of the biggest child protection issues of our time. “Young people tell us they are experiencing all sorts of new forms of abuse on scale never before seen,” she said.

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