A Parent’s Guide to Online Grooming
What you can do to help keep your child safe online
- You should assume that if a site or app is popular with young people then groomers with an interest in children will try to use it to communicate with them.
- Always discuss regularly with your child what they do online and who with. They should be wary of people they talk to online, not share too much personal information and be aware of how they appear in their online profiles.
- Things to look out for:
- Has your child suddenly become very secretive?
- Are they sad or withdrawn but won’t say why? Let them know you’re there to listen.
- Do they seem distracted?
- Do they have sudden mood swings? Mood swings are not uncommon but they can be a sign that someone has built a relationship with your child which is affecting their moods.
- Are they unable to switch off from their phone or social media? This can be a sign someone is controlling them.
- Always let your child know that they should always say if they see or hear anything online that makes them feel scared or uncomfortable and to never arrange to meet someone who they have met online.
- Let them know that they do not have to feel as though they have done something wrong, nobody is going to get cross and it is not their fault.
- If you are concerned with anything you or your child has seen or asked to do, please call Childline or tell your child’s school.
Always encourage your child to:
They will know how to help.
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