Social Networking Sites to link to 999

An article in today’s Daily Telegraph states that Social Networking sites will have to advertise the 999 emergency services number according to new government guidelines. It is hoped that this will encourage children to call the police directly to report abuse.

The Telegraph states they have obtained a copy of draft guidance due to be published on Friday by the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith.

A recent Ofcom report into Social Networking found that 27% of 8 to 11-year-olds claim to have a profile page on a social networking website, despite age restrictions aimed at preventing pre-teens from using them.Ofcom also found that although 65% of parents say they have set rules for their children on internet use, only 53% of children were aware of them. 41% of children and young people who use social networking sites leave their profiles on the default “open” setting.

It is believed that the Governements report will recommend parents to be issued with an eight-point guide to help them ensure their children use social networking sites safely and will be urged to discuss the dangers and risks of flirting and meeting strangers online.    

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