Children and young people rely on smartphones and social networking as part of their daily lives. Technology moves very fast and it can be difficult to keep up with what young people are doing online. You can find out more about how children use social media, the apps they use, the risks they face, how to use privacy settings, and advice and tips about how to talk to your children about what they are doing online at:
If you or your child are worried or upset about something which has happened online, help is available. If your child has experienced sexual or offensive contact online that has made them feel uncomfortable or someone is trying to meet up with them, you can report this directly to CEOP.
How can I help my child stay safe?
You can find a wide range of information about keeping your child safe on the Think You Know website and specific guidance about how to report to popular social media sites.
If you’re concerned about keeping up-to-date with the latest apps your child has been using NSPCC’s online safety hub provides resources for parents and carers.
Childnet have updated their parent and carer toolkit that will help parents have conversations about online safety. Their booklet ‘Let’s talk about life online’ includes ten key messages that should be shared with children.
The Parent and Carer Toolkit can be found below: