Children today are often very confident and competent users of the internet.
Parents and carers need to be well informed so that they can ensure that their childrens' use of the internet is a safe and worthwhile experience.
This Home Office guide provides very comprehensive information:
As a minimum we suggest that you regularly check what your child is looking at on the internet and, if possible, make sure that the computer they use is in a communal area of your home.
You might also want to visit Kidsmart - an award winning practical internet safety programme website, using the link below.
If you have other any other questions or concerns regarding protection of children from abuse, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre established by the UK police is a very good source of information.