There are many positive aspects to children and young people using the internet, but we also need to be aware of the potential risks.
Children and young people go online to connect with friends, to browse the internet for information, watch videos and play games. We all need to be careful about who we share information with. Cyber bullying is growing fast. It can be done via e-mail, social networking sites or texting, with cyber bullying there is no place to hide. Cyber bullying comes into the home and cannot be escaped.
What can Parents do?
- Know what your children are doing online and who they are talking to. Ask them to teach you how to use any apps that you have never used.
- Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details online.
- Help your child to understand that some people might not be who they say they are.
- Always keep communication open for a child to know that it's never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable.
- Let the young people know about organisations such as ChildLine who are there to support them when they need it.
- Help your child to think carefully before posting a picture or video of themselves online.
- Help your child understand about privacy settings and set them as high as possible.
Parent’s guide to online safety