Mum’s warning on perils of internet

Dorset Echo: TAKE CARE OUT THERE: Rachel Day with her daughters Ella and Imogen TAKE CARE OUT THERE: Rachel Day with her daughters Ella and Imogen

MORE than a million people are expected to have seen a photo posted on Facebook by a Portland mum to warn her children of the dangers of social media.

Rachel Day says she has proved her point because 325,000 people shared the post within four days.

The photo, which shows a piece of paper with a handwritten message on it, says: “Please share this!

“So that I can show my children how far and fast a photo can travel through social media. Many thanks, a worried mum.”

Since posting the photo, Mrs Day was shocked to receive 400 friend requests from people she didn’t know and 1,000 messages.

More than a million people are expected to have seen the photo so far.

Mrs Day, 40, said: “To be honest, it is quite frightening how far and how fast the photo has travelled.

“I wanted my girls to know that as soon as they leave their computers, laptops or phones, what they have written is still there.

“I just want them to think about what they put online and also to think about prospective employers who now use social media to suss out potential employees.”

She added: “I’ve had messages from people I don’t know and numerous friend requests. It really scared me so I’ve made a new, really private Facebook account.

“I mainly wanted to show how frightening social media can be, especially to a child, and how you have to take care while using it.

“I’ve proven my point and I just hope that my children will take notice now.”

Hundreds of people have left online messages and comments for Mrs Day, thanking her for demonstrating the dangers of social media.

She said her family, daughters Imogen, 12, Ella, 13, and her husband Steve, couldn’t believe the response the photo had triggered already.

 

Keep safe with gifts

POLICE are advising parents to keep their children safe online as they unwrap smartphones and computers this Christmas.

The advice comes as part of Dorset Police’s Countdown to Christmas campaign.

The force warns that children can face risks online which include accessing inappropriate websites, losing control over pictures and videos, giving away personal information and communicating with strangers.

Online communication poses further risks concerning sexting, online bullying and grooming.

Sexting is the sending of inappropriate or indecent images via mobile technology. Control over these images is lost once sent. Online grooming is communication with the ultimate aim of meeting up to form a sexual relationship or persuading a child to perform sexual acts on webcam.

Bullying online is also a risk and causes distress and fear to children and young people.

Internet safety officer for the Safe Schools and Communities Team (SSCT), Mark Howell, advises parents to take an interest in their children’s online activities and suggests that parents encourage their children to show them how the websites they are using work.

Mark Howell said: “Discuss the risks and benefits of these sites.

“Children should know that if they are worried, they can talk to their parents or another appropriate adult.

“Parents need to be alert for the signs of online grooming or cyber bullying.

“Your child may be more private and secretive than usual.

“They may minimise screens, not engage with the family and spend long amounts of time on their mobile device or take the device to their bedroom.”

SSCT run courses in educational establishments, and educated just over 33,000 young people aged five to 16 plus last year in internet safety.

These courses include messages about keeping personal information safe, and encouraging young people to consider safe social networking and responsible online behaviour. The Safe Schools and Communities Team also hold classes for parents.

 

New team to fight online abuse

DORSET Police have a newly formed dedicated team to investigate reports of online child abuse.

The team works with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) and partner agencies to safeguard children.

The Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POLIT) is committed to targeting and bringing to justice those in Dorset who are sexually exploiting children over the internet.

Deputy Head of Public Protection Chief Inspector Chris Naughton said: “The internet can be a fantastic place for children and young people.

“However, just like in the real world sometimes things can go wrong. I would urge parents to visit the CEOP website for up to date advice on how to keep their children safe online.” If parents think that their child has been affected by their online communications they can contact the police on 101, report concerns via CEOP or use one of the many reporting portals on social media sites.

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6:24am Mon 23 Dec 13

Be_Happy says...

How about educating children to be children and not be plugged into the internet and the social media sites at such a young age.
With the right care and upbringing children can be made computer literate etc and still value more the 'real world' of social interaction with their friends and family, and getting out to do things more then prodding a few keys for their stimulation.
And yes, I do have children, and yes I do work.
How about educating children to be children and not be plugged into the internet and the social media sites at such a young age. With the right care and upbringing children can be made computer literate etc and still value more the 'real world' of social interaction with their friends and family, and getting out to do things more then prodding a few keys for their stimulation. And yes, I do have children, and yes I do work. Be_Happy

7:47am Mon 23 Dec 13

Duckorange says...

And what makes her think that virality of social media is a bad thing? I'd be amazed if anything I posted reached a million pair of eyes. Use it for positivity instead of being scared of it - it's not all paedogeddon, trolling and ****.
And what makes her think that virality of social media is a bad thing? I'd be amazed if anything I posted reached a million pair of eyes. Use it for positivity instead of being scared of it - it's not all paedogeddon, trolling and ****. Duckorange

7:48am Mon 23 Dec 13

Duckorange says...

Case in point: The Echo's profanity filter won't even let me use the word "p0rnography"
Case in point: The Echo's profanity filter won't even let me use the word "p0rnography" Duckorange

8:20am Mon 23 Dec 13

k8ty1971 says...

Duckorange, interesting comment if you don't believe her try it! What youngsters don't understand that anything even when they delete it is traceable. Photographs become the ownership of Facebook and there are some that if privacy settings aren't correct can be seen if you google the persons name.
Duckorange, interesting comment if you don't believe her try it! What youngsters don't understand that anything even when they delete it is traceable. Photographs become the ownership of Facebook and there are some that if privacy settings aren't correct can be seen if you google the persons name. k8ty1971

8:25am Mon 23 Dec 13

Be_Happy says...

Once again educate them so they don't need to put pictures on the net and don't need to put all aspects of their life on social media sites.
Once again educate them so they don't need to put pictures on the net and don't need to put all aspects of their life on social media sites. Be_Happy

8:34am Mon 23 Dec 13

k8ty1971 says...

Quite agree Be_Happy. One thing I find difficult to comprehend that on particular school is encouraging their pulpits to have twitter accounts which again are dangerous and difficult to 'police'
Quite agree Be_Happy. One thing I find difficult to comprehend that on particular school is encouraging their pulpits to have twitter accounts which again are dangerous and difficult to 'police' k8ty1971

10:27am Mon 23 Dec 13

PORTLAND ROVER says...

That is a very POOR comment... Calling Mrs Day an Unfit mother. You cannot justify that comment as you do not know this lady. Mrs Day is a well known and respected lady in Portland's community. She volunteers as a Girl Guide Leader among other things. Putting many many hours of voluntary service...
making quick and unfounded comments about someone you do not even know is a really awful. Her children are some of the kindest well mannered children you could ever meet...Mrs Day in NOT an unfit mother, and I suggest you retract your comments with an apology. Thank-you! Happy Christmas!
That is a very POOR comment... Calling Mrs Day an Unfit mother. You cannot justify that comment as you do not know this lady. Mrs Day is a well known and respected lady in Portland's community. She volunteers as a Girl Guide Leader among other things. Putting many many hours of voluntary service... making quick and unfounded comments about someone you do not even know is a really awful. Her children are some of the kindest well mannered children you could ever meet...Mrs Day in NOT an unfit mother, and I suggest you retract your comments with an apology. Thank-you! Happy Christmas! PORTLAND ROVER

10:55am Mon 23 Dec 13

The Mighty Quin says...

Is this even news? I have seen about 10 previous demonstrations this year by parents/teachers about how social media pictures can go viral, some of those getting millions of +1s

This seems like "me too"....

Yawn, must be a slow news day.
Is this even news? I have seen about 10 previous demonstrations this year by parents/teachers about how social media pictures can go viral, some of those getting millions of +1s This seems like "me too".... Yawn, must be a slow news day. The Mighty Quin

11:02am Mon 23 Dec 13

PublicMan says...

o god, how pathetic, its the year 2013 with internet and social media, DEAL WITH IT!

The internet has positive and negative points, like everything on this planet, a car can crash and kill people, but i dont see the mother taking the children out in the car and crashing it on purpose "look kids, just wanted to show you how easy it is to crash a car"

Absolutely pathetic, depressing photo to boot also.
o god, how pathetic, its the year 2013 with internet and social media, DEAL WITH IT! The internet has positive and negative points, like everything on this planet, a car can crash and kill people, but i dont see the mother taking the children out in the car and crashing it on purpose "look kids, just wanted to show you how easy it is to crash a car" Absolutely pathetic, depressing photo to boot also. PublicMan

11:08am Mon 23 Dec 13

PublicMan says...

Further to my comment, the other week i remember a news story in the paper of a young lad thanking facebook users for sharing his photo and post about his motorbikes being stolen, due to it going semi viral in the local area, awareness was made about the bikes, and less than 48 hours later they were recovered. Social Media can be a great tool, but people only seem to want to show the negative sides of it.
Further to my comment, the other week i remember a news story in the paper of a young lad thanking facebook users for sharing his photo and post about his motorbikes being stolen, due to it going semi viral in the local area, awareness was made about the bikes, and less than 48 hours later they were recovered. Social Media can be a great tool, but people only seem to want to show the negative sides of it. PublicMan

4:23pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Equilibrium says...

I can't believe the amount of negative, nasty comments here. All this woman is doing is making kids think a little bit about the bigger picture - which is a very common problem for teenagers and younger children that are unaware/ ignorant of much outside of their own little bubble (not intentionally, they simply do not have the life experience)Well done to her, I say. Merry Christmas you miserable lot!
I can't believe the amount of negative, nasty comments here. All this woman is doing is making kids think a little bit about the bigger picture - which is a very common problem for teenagers and younger children that are unaware/ ignorant of much outside of their own little bubble (not intentionally, they simply do not have the life experience)Well done to her, I say. Merry Christmas you miserable lot! Equilibrium

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