Taking risks is a normal part of growing up, but in the online world this can have long-term effects that can cause distress to children and their families. It’s important to strike a balance between allowing your child to experiment and develop their independence, and making sure they are aware of what can go wrong and how to deal with it.
If you are a parent you may find the following documents useful:
If you’re worried that your child is being groomed online or sexually exploited, you should report your concerns to CEOP who will help and advise you. You should always report if you are concerned that your child is or has been in contact with someone they know or someone they have only ever met online.
It is not always easy to spot the signs of online grooming and sexual exploitation so if you have any concern at all about someone your child is in contact with, you should get in touch.
The Think You Know website is also an extremely useful source of information for parents and young people. Their website has a wealth of advice and resources to support you in keeping safe online including videos and home activity packs.