As a parent, keeping your children out of harm’s way is always your first priority.
Talking to your child honestly and regularly is the best way to help keep them safe. You might find it helpful to start with a general family discussion to set boundaries and agree what’s appropriate, or you might need a more specific conversation about something you’re worried about. The NSPCC can also provide free expert advice to parents.
Making sure your child is safe online is also an important element of protecting them. The internet can be a great place to socialise, explore and have fun but young people also face risks from extremist organisations who use the internet and social media to spread their messages. You don’t need to be an expert on the internet, but it is important to understand what your child does online and the risks they face.
Trying to stop your child using the internet or mobile phones won’t keep them safe in the long run – it’s important to talk and listen to them so they understand how to stay safe and what to do if they ever feel uncomfortable or worried. You can also use parental controls on browsers, online games and social media to filter or monitor what your child can see.