PRACTICAL TIPS TO HELP MINIMISE THE RISK YOUR CHILD MIGHT FACE
Its good practice for apps and websites to have safety advice and well-designed safety features which can make a real difference to how safe your child will be while using them.
Work through safety and privacy features on the apps that your child is using, or might use. Make sure they understand the point of these and how to use them. Don’t be put off by believing your child knows more than you; the tools are actually quite easy to manage.
*ask them to show you which social media apps they use and what they like about them. Talk about how they use them and what makes them so engaging.
*Explain how you can use privacy settings to make sure only approved friends can see posts & images.
*Check if any of their apps have “geo-location” enabled sharing their location unintentionally.
*Show them how to report offensive comments or block people who upset them.
*check “tagging” settings so that when others are posting or sharing photos online, your child’s identity is not revealed. Also, get people’s consent before sharing photos.
*Encourage your child to come and talk to you if they see anything that upsets them.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
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 at:
TO MAKE A REPORT
Concerned about online grooming or sexual behaviour online?
Contact CEOP: www.ceop.police.uk
If you stumble across criminal sexual obscene content on the internet you should report it to the internet watch foundation