Parents who are finding that their children know far more about the internet and its strange codes and languages than they do, can rest easier, for help is at hand.
Whether on a computer at school, a laptop at home, a games console or mobile phone, children and young people are increasingly accessing the internet whenever they can and wherever they are.
Advice and help for parents from Digital Parenting Magazine
Reporting Suspicious Behaviour Online with or towards a child
Talk to your child about their Internet use and take an interest. Your involvement is the best way of keeping them safe.
Pass on safety advice.
Be Positive! The Internet is a fantastic resource learning, entertainment and communication. Just like in the real world you need to take a few precautions.
Let your child know they can come to you if something they don't like happens online.
Try not to overreact! This could make them be secretive about their use of the Internet and close down communication between you.
Remember that all the safety advice here also applies to going online with a mobile phone.
If you decide to use a filter or monitor information from the Internet, talk this over with your child. Any rules you agree will be more effective.