Dangers of the internet – articles for the DAILY MAIL
As well as selling stories to the media for interviewees, I also take on commissions.
So I was delighted to write on a subject that I have a lot of interest in for the Daily Mail – which recently did a pull out on online dangers for children.
The first thing that struck me during my research for this piece was the number of very young children who have access to the internet – the majority of three year olds regularly go on a computer. The issue is even if you ban the internet in your home, your child will be exposed elsewhere.
This statistic makes it more important than ever to ensure you begin having conversations early on with your child about how to stay safe – to avoid talking to strangers, being bullied and even shopping safely.
Meanwhile I also looked at the issues surrounding adverts online. These days it is extremely hard for any of us to work out what is an advert and what is not. I have talked about this subject before and in fact the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is about to start cracking down on social media accounts which do not adhere to the rules (such as indicating a story or post is an ad).
Additionally I looked at how to avoid accidentally signing up to a subscription you don’t want and how to ensure you are not duped into scams online.
At Featureworld I regularly hear from people who’ve been scammed online – scams are becoming ever more sophisticated.
I am currently looking for stories where people have had issues with the internet. If you would like to raise awareness of a scam or issue with one of your children going online then do contact me for free advice.