Extract from CEOP's Think U Know website for parents:
"As your child grows and becomes more independent, it is only natural that they take this independence online. In our teenage years we explore, try new things and sometimes push boundaries and take risks, this is an essential part of growing up.
With all of the potential that the online world and new technology offers, young people now have access to huge opportunities. They use technology to express themselves, explore, and be creative; it has changed the way they communicate.
The internet has changed all of our lives, and your child has grown up during this change. Many of the things that confuse, baffle or even scare us, are part of the everyday for them. For many of us, this can all be a bit too much.
Whether you’re a technophobe or a technophile, it’s still likely that you’ll be playing catch-up with the way your child is using the internet.
You might wonder whether what they are doing is safe, and you might also be thinking how can I be as good a parent online as I am offline?"
- Bolton LA's Life Platfom E-Safety site
- CEOP - Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
- NSPCC - National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children
- Social Media and Apps - What parents need to know
- Worried about a child? Click here