DON’T PANIC!

…if you discover they’ve been sexting

Sending or receiving sexual images to or from a child is illegal – but context and common sense are important. Schools and police forces have guidance that allows them to consider your kid’s best interests and safety when dealing with these incidents.

Stay calm. They’ll be feeling embarrassed and worried as it is, so however tempting it is to get cross, it’s important to remain composed and provide reassurance.

Decide who else should be informed and then deal with the practical things that can be done to limit any negative impact. You can find all the info you need at www.thinkuknow.co.uk

… if they’ve seen inappropriate or upsetting content

Sending or receiving sexual images to or from a child is illegal – but context and common sense are important. Schools and police forces have guidance that allows them to consider your kid’s best interests and safety when dealing with these incidents.

Stay calm. They’ll be feeling embarrassed and worried as it is, so however tempting it is to get cross, it’s important to remain composed and provide reassurance.

Decide who else should be informed and then deal with the practical things that can be done to limit any negative impact. You can find all the info you need at www.thinkuknow.co.uk

… if they’ve been trolling or bullying someone

The truth is, most kids slip into bad behaviour at some stage when growing up. It doesn’t mean you’ve done anything wrong or that they’re getting into bad habits for life. It does mean you need to deal with it firmly and quickly.

Don’t be tempted to step in until you have heard all sides of the story. Give them the chance to explain exactly what’s been going on and be ready to listen to how they feel.

Make sure they understand what is and isn’t acceptable online or offline and agree together how they are going to put things right.