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City support Safer Internet Day

  • 07 February 2012 14:24

Today is Safer Internet Day and Manchester City FC has teamed up with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CE-OP) to help our staff and fans learn how to protect themselves and their children online.

CE-OP has launched a light-hearted, on-line show giving a realistic guide to how to be a better parent online. This can be viewed at

Every minute across the world  there are: 700,000 Google searches; 320 new Twitter accounts created and almost 100,000 tweets;  6,000 new pictures uploaded to Flickr; 700,000 Facebook updates; 168 million emails sent;  370,000 minutes of calls on Skype and 600 new videos posted on YouTube.

The internet is great for researching, doing homework, and managing your money and can be fun for things like multiplayer online games, search engines, email and social media but at the same time there are also many dangers. Amongst the many issues that CE-OP works to guard against are: Cyber-bullying; Identity theft; Fraud, Viruses; Phishing; Sexting; Grooming; Inappropriate images; Web-cams and live web chat; Terrorist recruitment and extremism and Illegal downloading (music & video).

City’s central defender Joleon Lescott is supporting Safer Internet Day, commenting:

“As a regular internet user, a ‘tweeter’, and father of two young computer literate children, I am very aware of how important it is in everyday life. I want to keep my family safe online and there is no better way to learn about the dangers, and how to help protect your children, than taking the advice you can find on the CE-OP websites. The Safer Internet Day webcast is a great way of seeing how it’s done. I would urge all Manchester City supporters and their families to visit the CE-OP site and watch the programme.”

How can you better protect yourself and your family?

You can do this in a number of ways:

- Make sure you have the right spy-ware and virus protection on your computers and that it is up to date
- Don’t  give out passwords to anyone and make sure they are ‘strong’ ie. contain letters, numbers and symbols
- Make sure everyone knows to look out for dodgy emails, messages or posts especially ones that ask for things like personal details, bank details , money, too good to be true offers (that usually aren’t)
- Manage your social media ‘profile’ to make sure that personal information is only available to people you are happy to share it with
- Know what children are up to on their computer – at an appropriate time start talking about what they’ve been doing
- Make sure they know they can talk to you if they are worried or unsure about something on the internet
- Make sure they know not to be friends with people they don’t know
- Know how to capture and preserve evidence (eg ‘print screen’) if you think your child has received something inappropriate or illegal

For further information about keeping safe on the internet visit ThinkUKnow - - with different sections aimed at parents and at children to help them understand the dangers better; this is part of the CE-OP awareness programme.

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