POLICE are going back to the classroom to pass on some vital lessons in internet safety.
With youngsters spending more and more time online — and smartphones and computers featuring on many a Christmas list this week — officers are visiting Swansea schools to help pupils stay safe.
The sessions are being run by experts from South Wales Police's public protection unit.
Speaking after giving a talk to students at Bishopston School, detective inspector Brian Heard said youngsters — and their parents — needed to be aware of the potential risks.
He said: "Children are becoming computer literate at an earlier age and are happening upon adult content far more regularly than we would like.
"This is because children today have regular access to the net and its use very often goes un-moderated.
"Most nine and 10-year-olds already have access to Xbox, mobile phones and iPads, and admit to chatting with people they don't know on gaming sites and apps.
"Clearly this poses risk. Children should never give out personal details, or anything which might identify them."
Among the topics covered during the special school assemblies are so-called "sexting" — the sending of sexually explicit or inappropriate photographs or messages — the online grooming of youngsters and the risks of communicating with strangers on social media sites, and the risks associated with giving out personal information online.