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Kids are spending more and more time online, so as parents you need advice to help keep them safe.
You may feel out of touch with Snapchat and Instagram. Do you know who they are chatting to online, what they are uploading, who they are gaming with? What kids are into online changes fast and as parents it can be hard to keep up with new apps and games.
It can be difficult to know how to start talking to your child about what they’re doing online or who they might be speaking to.
There are lots of resources that can help you navigate what can at times feel like an ever changing and complex online world.
Advice for Parents
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Live Streaming and Video Apps using live streaming platforms and video apps safely
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Childline use childline message board to talk to others about cyber bullying
Cyber Bullying advice on cyber bullying
Sexting and sending nudes advice on sharing sexual images and texts online
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Advice for parents
Talk regularly to your child about what they are doing online.
Be relaxed and your child will feel more confident to share their interests.
Take a look at the games, sites and social media your child is using.
Children need the internet to research homework as well talking to their friends.
Be positive but also open about anything you're worried about. You could say "I think this site's really good" or "I'm a little worried about things I've seen here."
Find out if they are worried about anything, and let them know they can come to you.
Talk about their friends online and how they know they are who they say they are.
Listen for the reasons why your child wants to use apps or sites you don't think are suitable, so you can talk about these together.
Discuss with your child about age appropriate sites and content and the age restrictions websites and social media platforms have.
Be clear about when they can access Snapchat and Instagram for example.
Agree some rules about how they spend their time online
Set up parental controls on your child’s device
Help them master the basics
Look out for signs they might need some support
Find the right time to talk about online safety