Tips for Parents/Carers

Please note that the information on this page is not intended to prevent you from using the internet or being afraid of anyone you meet online. It is intended to give you the tools you need in order to recognize the risks of online use and prevent them from happening, thus allowing you to have a safe and enriching experience online.

It is difficult as a parent to keep up to date with the most recent changes in online use of a child. However, by staying involved in what your child does every day and by encouraging healthy discussion, you can create an environment where the child will involve you in what happens to them.

Sexual education is essential for a child’s healthy development. Feel confident about speaking to your child about sexual relationships which are age appropriate. It can keep them safe and help them make right decisions.

 Encourage children to openly share their problems with you.

Helps prevent your child from harm.

Be sure to also let them know the consequences of revealing personal information.

The sooner children receive the information on how to stay safe online, the better the habits they demonstrate that keep them protected when using the internet.

Help provide children with the guidance they need when using the internet.

If you notice your child is spending a large amount of their time online, try to understand what they do and who they communicate with.

Children can be sexually exploited online by taking sexual photos, videos, forcing children to watch pornographic images and more.

Talk to your child and try to understand the underlying cause for any behavioral changes. When a child is being groomed, or has suffered from sexual abuse and exploitation, different behavioral/emotional/physical signs are likely to appear.

As a parent, you should stand by your child in case of harm. Be supportive and avoid any kind of accusation against them if they have experienced sexual abuse. Remember they are children, and it is never their fault.

While the internet has many benefits for the child, it also contains risks. Make sure they don’t consume most of their time with online activities

If you know of a case of sexual abuse online, report it.

Preventing it starts from being aware of the dangers and knowing where to report suspicious behavior

Your report enable the possibility of victims to be identified for rescue and/or offender to be prosecuted.

So you can share with children and help keep them safe.

So they can make healthy decisions during online use.

Some information posted by a child online can be used against them.

When a child knows they will be listened to, they will know to come to you for assistance in case of harm.

This will make it easier for them to approach you if they feel uncomfortable with someone online.

Children may know how to operate devices, but they need your guidance to shape their attitudes and behavior online.

Everyone plays an important role to keep children safe online.

Take all the precautions necessary if you decide to meet an online friend in person. 
 
Meeting in person someone you just met online can be dangerous. However, if you checked the situation and decide it is safe to meet them, make sure you tell a trusted adult about it, meet in a public place, and have someone along with you. 

While the internet has many benefits for the child, it also contains risks. Make sure they don’t consume most of their time with online activities.

If you know of a case of sexual abuse online, report it.

Your report enable the possibility of illegal content to be removed and/or victim to be identified for rescue and/or appropriate services while the perpetrator shall be held responsible by law.

Preventing it starts from being aware of the dangers and knowing where to report suspicious behavior.

Preventing it starts from being aware of the dangers and knowing where to report suspicious behavior.

Watch the video to learn about online grooming and how to confront with it

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