Web safety warning for children

More than half of children in the UK using the internet have had an "unwanted experience", a poll suggests.

The NSPCC found 50.4% of 2,053 children had experienced problems such as bullying, being threatened or sexually harassed while online.

It is concerned about the popularity of social networking sites such as Bebo or MySpace, which it says 52% of children aged 11-16 use once a day.

NSPCC chief executive Dame Mary Marsh said: "Children face real threats."

The survey indicated most young people logged onto such websites to make new friends and link up with people they already knew.

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The NSPCC found 50.4% of 2,053 children had experienced problems such as bullying, being threatened or sexually harassed while online.

...and rest 49.6% of 2,053 bullied, threatened or sexually harassed others while online.

Ok it's the internet, CLose the web page, delete the offending message, it's not as if someoen can physically hurt you over the net. it's like people that complain about TV shows, it's easy if you don't like it don't watch it, the same aapplies to the net, if you get a mean message from someoen block them, ban them whatever. you do not have to go to these sites unless you choose to, if you choose to then you live with the consequenses. thers a big X in the top right hand corner, if you don't like somethinf you find on the net then use that button

Joshie said,
All I can say is thank god kids don't have "unwanted experiences" at school.

well said.

anyways I have three words: sticks and stones. words can hurt but when theyre from a stranger and theyre just text with no emotion? and we seem to be overlooking that these people can be blocked or the kids can just leave the computer all together, parents can have some parental control or keylogging software installed, kids are very safe on the internet. real life on the otherhand you can get have your feelings hurt, you can get beaten up or even killed yet most kids somehow manage to live through a day at school so why does everyone who is insecure around new technology feel the need to rag on the one medium where parents have the most possible control and supervision and where kids and people in general cannot get physically harmed?

Well there are those that only understand one thing.

You go read your guardian newspaper with pride.

I live in the UK under a namby pamby pc liberal regime.

I know full well what goes on.

leesmithg said,
Well there are those that only understand one thing.

You go read your guardian newspaper with pride.

I live in the UK under a namby pamby pc liberal regime.

I know full well what goes on.


"Namby pamby" - nice Thin Blue Line reference there.

So, essentially you're a fan of corporal punishment. I'm so glad you aren't in charge of the UK.

(Note this is supposed to be a continuation of post #10)

being bullied online is pathetic. just pathetic

the modern world is way too politically correct and sensitive. even if in real life you get called names, big deal. that's what builds character as a kid. you learn to get through the tough and not worry about trivial things

sticks and stones doesn't apply anymore :suspicious:

I threatened the father to a fist fight and said my son would do the same to his son.

Thats what bullies need to be exposed and shamed in public.

Bullies are usually like their parents, they eat from the same trough.


You're right what you wrote, always some pc liberal telling these bullies they have human rights, however their victims get diddly squat.

leesmithg said,
I threatened the father to a fist fight and said my son would do the same to his son.

You're right what you wrote, always some pc liberal telling these bullies they have human rights, however their victims get diddly squat.


1. Wow, that's a really grown up way of dealing with issues.
2. So we've jumped onto blaming "pc liberals", and suggesting that bullies have no human rights. And then that the bullied somehow have no recourse. Do you have any concept of the idea of laws?

Some schmo tried this crap with my daughter, made it well known what the mincer had written.

I found his pansy bebo website, got the evidence and went around to his parents home.

They crapped their pants.

Site isn't there anymore.

Now if parents supervised their lickle children on the net if they're 13 and under a lot of these problems would not happen.

The Telephone is dangerous
The Radio is dangerous
The Television is dangerous
The Internet is dangerous

Let's just not use any of the above due to abuse and have our children live in the dark ages.

Oh noes, the mean person on chat4teens called me a homosexual

But really when I saw this on the news this morning, it all sounded rather ambiguous. "unwanted experience" could just mean being shown Goatse :suspicious:

I guess they didn't stop for second to think that said children are doing the bullying, the threatening, or the harassing.

Try playing Halo 2 online for about 5 minutes. You get called every name in the book by some squeaky 12 year old.

The NSPCC found 50.4% of 2,053 children had experienced problems such as bullying, being threatened or sexually harassed while online

So in other words 0.4% had the above and 50% got disconnected in WoW, as to a child that would be a problem or unwanted experience to them.

The do-gooders and scaremonger's are at it again.

tbh the parents should monitor the childs activity online , its their job to look out for their kids not just dump em on a computer hoping they will be ok

PureLegend said,
Children shouldn't be so naive.

Congratulations on the thickest comment of the day.

Perhaps:

Old people shouldn't be so slow.

Dwarfs shouldn't be so short.

Water shouldn't be so wet.

Well come on, we get told all the time about the dangers of the internets and about what not to do and to make sure you know who you're talking to and all that, so yes, I think they shouldn't be so naive as to think that it's still alright to talk to random people on the internet thinking that everyone's nice and are who they say they are despite the many warnings they get about strangers.

PureLegend said,
Well come on, we get told all the time about the dangers of the internets and about what not to do and to make sure you know who you're talking to and all that, so yes, I think they shouldn't be so naive as to think that it's still alright to talk to random people on the internet thinking that everyone's nice and are who they say they are despite the many warnings they get about strangers.

I sorta agree with you there. I mean, as a kid, I was told not to talk to strangers, especially in a vehicle asking for something. And the one time it did happen, I ran to my parents and he drove off fast as hell. So yeah, if I can understand the concept of STRANGERS = BAD at the age of 8, I'm sure that parents should be able to make their children understand that internet strangers are bad. Then again, what kind of parent leaves children that young to FREELY roam the internet unsupervised?

Dakkaroth said,

I sorta agree with you there. I mean, as a kid, I was told not to talk to strangers, especially in a vehicle asking for something. And the one time it did happen, I ran to my parents and he drove off fast as hell. So yeah, if I can understand the concept of STRANGERS = BAD at the age of 8, I'm sure that parents should be able to make their children understand that internet strangers are bad. Then again, what kind of parent leaves children that young to FREELY roam the internet unsupervised?

Still not quite understanding what a child is and how that is applicable to the Internet, which is not the real world. The word "stranger" takes on a completely different meaning here, and clearly it is difficult for a child to grasp that.

Dakkaroth said,
I sorta agree with you there. I mean, as a kid, I was told not to talk to strangers, especially in a vehicle asking for something. And the one time it did happen, I ran to my parents and he drove off fast as hell. So yeah, if I can understand the concept of STRANGERS = BAD at the age of 8...

At age of 8 I was free to go to school alone (~1KM+ and I needed to cross 3 streets of capital city). It was CCCP (Soviet Union) era so crime was much lower (only government was allowed to do it ). I've also met some suspicious strangers. I think thru my early teen years I've encountered about 4 paedophiles on the streets and public transport. But my parents also educated me not to trust strangers so I never had problems with them and treated them just as very bad people and liars who want to take my lunch money :). Also I've developed paedophile face profile so I could tell if person is genuine or danger to me just by looking into face (It was interesting discovery that when I saw Hollywood movies later they used a lot of similar profiles for these freaks :). So children are not so naive and stupid as some parents think (of course it depends on how smart parents are). Parents who feed children just with pink stories about bees and pistils makes child a perfect pray for freaks. Children of smart parents see world in more realistic greyer colours, but that pays off with huge benefits later, because these children are much safer, has better understanding off real social relations and this leads to much happier life because child is in better control of it on his own.