As technology improves, the internet provides new challenges as well as new opportunities. Rather than blocking, filtering, and avoiding online services because of potential risks, the LSCB works to help children and young people avoid online exploitation, abuse or bullying.
Some of the risky things you may come across online are:
Bullying by peers and people you might consider 'friends'
Seeing inappropriate or harmful content (e.g. rude or extremely violent pictures)
Involvement in illegal or inappropriate content (e.g. posting sexual pictures)
Posting personal information that can identify and locate you offline
Being persuaded to do illegal or inappropriate things through contact with strangers
Seeing information and talking with others online who encourage self-harm
Seeing racist or hate material
Glorifying activities such as drug use or excessive drinking
Physical harm to young people in making video content, such as doing stunts and other risky activities
Being encouraged to leave or run away from home by someone you met online