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:
Childnet Parent and Carer online Toolkit
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:
"You can always come to me if you need help."
- "What would you do if this happened…?"
- "Remember that not everyone is who they say they are online."
- "Keep your personal information safe, and other people’s too."
- "Be respectful to others online."
- "Think before you post."
- "Remember to ask if it’s okay."
- "Remember not everything is true online."
- "The things other people post online might not always show what their life is really like."
- "Recognise how going online makes you feel and take a break when you need to."
The Parent and Carer Toolkit can be found here: https://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers/parent-and-carer-toolkit