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Finlay's picture
internet safety

this is getting alot of coverage on social media, i thought i would share here

Scary, very scary

Alot of the comments are aimmed at parent bu ithink we should be doing more do educate children. If something like this was shown in schools for example

Marcus_1's picture

You are right, very scarey stuff. My daughter is 7, she knows about Facebook, she doesn't use it and won't be using it until she is at an age where she understands the danger of the world.  Whilst I do not want to be an "over protective" parent, I want her to be safe. Too many people go through life thinking there is no such thing as evil out there, we tell them to not talk to strangers, yet people are happy for their kids to talk to anonymous people online. I know what is out there, even in my little corner of the UK, even in the most quiet of country villages, bad things happen.

My daughter (and indeed my younger son) are being brought up to understand that not all people are as nice and kind as mummy and dadyd, grandma and grandad and that there are people out there who want to hurt others, that is the precise reason why my children do no have access to the internet unless they are sat with one of us and why my daughter has recently started training in Karate.

Iain Abernethy
Iain Abernethy's picture

The video highlights a modern self-protection problem. A couple of years ago we had a similar thread that includes many useful videos:


With regards to the video above, the aggressive condemnation of the parents of these girls is something I find more than a little unpalatable. The final one where the parents pretend to be abductors is particularly bad. That little girl was terrified (traumatised?) and there are better ways to get the point across.

This guidance from the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) has some good advice for parents on this issue:


In bold on that webpage is “Reassure them that you won't overreact – you're just looking out for them”. Terrifying them half to death is not the way to go. An open conversation about the need to stay safe, which emphasises your concern for them and which gives them useable information is the way to do. As I say, the above NSPCC link is very good.

All the best,


Spaniard's picture

Thanks, Iain.  My wife had sent this to me and I was having trouble articulating the issue that I had with how this was done while still agreeing that the topic was important.


Erik P./Spaniard