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I'm worried about cyberbullying

parent on computer with child

  • Talk to your child about who they're talking to online and encourage them to think before talking to people they don't know in person

  • Try to understand and guide your child's online behaviour - negotiate and establish boundaries and discuss sensitively the issues around the concept of 'friends'

  • Familiarise yourself with the social networking sites and chat programmes your child uses.  Find out more about its build-in safety functions and how they can be contacted within the service

  • Ask your child if they know how to block someone who they don't want to talk to anymore.  If they don't, help them learn how to use the blocking feature

  • Use parental control software provided by your internet service provider, mobile phone network, online content provider or games console, and consider using filtering options, monitoring and setting time limits for access to chat.

  • If you discover misconduct between your child and someone online stay calm, investigate the facts and seek expert help. If someone has acted inappropriately towards your child, or someone they know (such as sexual chat, or asking them to meet up) contact the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)

  • NSPCC and O2 have a free online safety helpline for parents and carers - 0808 8005002 

  • ABA and the Sex Education Forum (SEF) have produced a free guide in the attachments below for parents and carers with advice on talking to children about healthy and safe relationships online.