Just a word of warning to stick a plaster over the camera of your laptops. Our BC has all the relevant parent safety stuff on the laptop ( uses this for schoolwork etc) and much to our horror somehow ended up in a complete panic as a photo had been taken and superimposed on a child porn site. It all looked very official as it came through on a met police site. Our BC was researching geography homework at the time. We contacted the police who asked us to contact a main crime desk who gave us a crime number and the laptop had to then go for repair. They advised us to cover up the camera to prevent our BC photo being taken again and used in this way. It is a well known crime apparently.
Please be warned and cover up the camera's. I had no idea that others could take your photo whilst surfing the net. Especially important for parents/carers of adopted children or those in care.
Quite simply by BC rushing in to me in a complete panic when the screen of the laptop showed a photo superimposed on the dreaded website and the official police warning. Very frightening and completely freaked BC out, who was only doing homework at the time.
Mum to BC (teenager) with complex medical/physical/emotional needs and AC who is full of life and energy (preschooler)
Very shocking and as children are children they just press buttons without thinking. I pressed ones a wrong link and ended up with a virus. Very good that your child informed you! I think most important is that we as parents realise that children are never safe online. Most children are not even allowed to go to school on their own, yet those children have unsupervised access to the internet. This really means they are on their own in the big dangerous world. This example proves that even if you put all the security in place it only takes one or two clicks to end up in a criminal activity.