How Safe Are Your Children?
8:41am 18th November 2013
An organisation in Dorset is encouraging parents to do more to keep their children out of harm's way.
Dorset's Safeguarding Children's Board says youngsters nowadays are more at risk due to the evolution of the internet and modern technology.
There are 90,000 youngsters in Dorset and although very few come to harm the Board is still concerned about issues like physical abuse, sexual exploitation, bullying, drink and drugs.
All this week they're encouraging parents to check out their website that's loaded with info and advice on all the hard issues - see below.
Dorset Safeguarding Chairman Richard Stowe says parents should monitor their children's internet use and talk to them about tough issues, no matter how awkward it may be;
"It's vital the topic of conversation is aired in at the dining table and in the sitting room. These are challenges for young people and for adults as well. The more we talk about it … the more understanding there is and the more young people will find out about the dangers you can find on the internet. For naive young people sometimes the internet can be extremely dangerous."
There's loads of helpful information and advice on bullying, internet safety, drugs and alcohol here online.