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E-Safety - Older Children

Young people enjoy using technology. Many regularly go online to play games, use apps, make video calls to friends or family members, watch videos and their favourite TV shows or films and listen to music!

Remember whilst most young people have their own tablets, computers and mobile phones or are able to use their parent’s or friends and can regularly communicate with people that they know and have met face-to-face or people they have met online.

There are lots of different ways to communicate - it can be through pictures, videos, talking to each other or writing messages.

It is important to understand about the internet. The internet is unmanaged, this means that any person can add information, images and videos, and no one person is checking that this is appropriate for others to access. It also means that there is nothing stopping a young person accessing and watching things that are aimed at adults.

If you are concerned that your child is in immediate danger call 999.

  • This ‘Internet Matters’ video talks about what you can do at home to keep computers, tablets and phones safe and gives e-safety tips for parents of teens.

     

  • Teenagers are risk takers, it is in their nature and as parents this is something we are unable to stop. Instead it is important to get involved and play an active part in their online lives. Talk about issues that may occur online. Normalise the topics, talk about them openly and regularly. The internet and technology are something that your children are surrounded by and it is safer for you all to understand it.

    It may feel embarrassing, but by making the subjects less secretive your child will be more likely to come to you for help and support if needed.

    Some of the top issues young people can face online;

    • Cyberbullying – bullying that happens online. This includes through social media platforms, apps and online games.

    • Online grooming – it is easy for young people to have conversations online with people they don’t know.
    • Easy access to inappropriate content
    • Sending images and videos – it is important to understand that anything your child uploads or send to others, could be forwarded on to many other people. The images and videos could then spread online and they may not have control over who sees it, downloads it or watches it.

  • Talking with your child about staying safe online
    4 key points
    • People you don’t know are strangers – they may not be who they say they are
    • Keep your personal information private. You don’t need to tell people your full name, age, school or address
    • Trust your instinct - If your child gets an ‘uhoh’ feeling in their tummy about something that is happening online or on social media tell an adult that they trust or report it.
    • Be nice to people, the same as you would in school or out and about

    Staying Safe Online
    It is important as a parent that you know how to keep your child safe online by blocking upsetting or harmful content they may see.

    If you have specific concerns
    Find the right time and place – make sure you are both comfortable and won’t be interrupted
    Let your child know why you are worried – be honest and tell them what is worrying you and what you have noticed to make you feel worried about them
    Give them time to talk, it can sometimes feel easier to fill the silence but your child may need time to open up

    What if my child does not want to talk?
    You can’t force them to talk but don’t give up. Try again at another time. Remember to be patient and ready to talk if they change their mind. Identify a safe person they could talk to that is not their parent – sometimes young people may find it easier to ask someone that isn’t you.

    If you are concerned that your child is in immediate danger call 999.

Who Can Help?

You can also contact a member of the 0-19 Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480635060 for confidential advice from one of our team. 

 

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