What are the risks to children from being online?

A recent Guardian article highlights just how risky inappropriate use of the internet can be.  As part of the research, a journalist (supervised by a police officer) pretends to be a 14 year old girl in a chat room.  Within seconds, their are numerous male adults wanting to chat to “her”.

Although the article shows just how risky the online world can be, it also needs to be put in perspective.  These sort of risks can be mitigated by educating children.  E-Safety needs to be taught in the same way we teach children how to cross the road safely.