Sharing images and videos
Young people often share images or ‘selfies’ and there is potential for some of those to be nude or nearly nude images. Young people share ‘nudes’ for a number of different reasons, and some situations are more risky than others.
For information about the contexts in which images are shared and how best to respond, take a look at nude selfies: a parents guide.
Thinkuknow is the education programme from the National Crime Agency’s Child Protection Command CEOP (NCA-CEOP). Their aim is to protect children and young people from sexual abuse online.
For more information, advice and guidance, visit their parents website and download their home activity worksheets for fun, online safety activities to do with your family.
Steps you can take to help keep your child safer online
Have an ongoing conversation: Continue to talk about the apps, games and sites they like to use, and what they like and don’t like and any concerns about being online. Discuss with them when to unfollow, block or report. For help starting this conversation, read having a conversation with your child
Make sure they know where to go for support: Remind your child they can always speak to you or an adult they trust if anything happens online that makes them feel worried or upset. Remind them that they wont be in trouble at that you are there to help. For a breakdown of report services, visit: Supporting your child with reporting unwanted content online
Make sure they know about NCA CEOP: Young people can report a concern about grooming or sexual abuse to NCA CEOP at https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/ and get support from a specialist Child Protection Advisor.
Parental controls: Parental controls have been designed to help you manage your child's online activities. There are various types, some of which are free but others which can be bought. However, nothing is totally fool proof so they shouldn't replace the need for you to support and advise your child using the internet. For more information and step by step instructions on setting up parental controls, visit Parental Controls & Privacy Settings Guides - Internet Matters.
Be non-judgemental: Explain that you would never blame them for anything that might happen online, and you will always give them calm, loving support.
Talk about how their online actions can affect others: If your child is engaging with peers online, remind them to consider how someone else might feel before they post or share something. If they are considering sharing a photo/video of somebody else, they should always ask permission first.
Tell them about Thinkuknow: Our websites provide open and honest guidance for young people on friends, relationships and the internet, covering topics like dealing with pressure; consent; and getting support when you’re worried. Visit our website for 11-13's or our website for 14+ for age appropriate information
Direct your child to age appropriate information about relationships and sex: It’s natural for young people to start exploring their sexual feelings online and adolescents are more inclined to take risks. It’s important to understand this and to talk to your child in a positive, encouraging and safe way. Thinkuknow, Brook, The Mix and Childline all provide age appropriate information about relationships and sex that you can signpost your child to.
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