This year, more than ever before, our young people have been spending more time online doing their school work, playing games or socialising. Technology is hugely valuable for education, as well as a way to keep in touch with friends and family. However it’s important we all consider how we can help keep young people safer online during this lockdown, and always. Here’s some information about what your child may enjoy online and what you can do to help keep them safer:
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Online games are social activities, and most have features that allow young people to chat with others whilst they play. For information about the positives of gaming, the risks of ‘in-game chat’ and measures you can take to help protect your child, watch this short video: In-game chat: a guide for parents and carers
Sharing images and Videos
Young people often share images or ‘selfies’ and there is potential for some of those to be nude or nearly nude images. Young people share ‘nudes’ for a number of different reasons, and some situations are more risky than others. For information about the contexts in which images are shared and how best to respond, take a look at nude selfies: a parent’s guide
Thinkuknow is the education programme from the National Crime Agency’s Child Protection Command CEOP (NCA-CEOP). Their aim is to protect children and young people from sexual abuse online. For more information, advice and guidance, visit their parent’s website and download their home activity worksheets for fun, online safety activities to do with your family