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Online safety and support

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 Common questions and concerns

My child is using social media, how can I help them stay safe?

Some tips to help your child stay safe while using social media include:

  • make sure they never reveal their home address, phone number, email address and passwords
  • review the age suitability for any sites and apps your child joins or installs
  • look at who their contacts and followers are—this will help reduce the risk of them encountering inappropriate people and content
  • educate yourself on the issues that children face 
  • establish an open relationship with your child so they trust you to view their profiles
  • reinforce the need for them to keep passwords private and to update them regularly
  • ensure your child understands the implications of posting images and content  on the internet.

Consider creating an account on the social media application your child uses and request to become friends or follow their account. Your child may resist this but it may still be a good idea to open an account to increase your understanding of the site or app they are using.

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Last updated 07 May 2020