Help your young person to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends — personal information includes their messenger ID, email address, mobile number and any pictures of themselves, their family or friends. If your young person publishes a picture or video online, anyone can change it or share it. Remind them that anyone may be looking at their images and one day a future employer could!
If your young person receives spam/junk email & texts, remind them never to believe them, reply to them or use them. It’s not a good idea for your young person to open files that are from people they don’t know. They won’t know what they contain — it could be a virus, or worse — an inappropriate image or film. Help your young person to understand that some people lie online and therefore it’s better to keep online mates online. They should never meet up with and strangers without an adult they trust.
Always keep communication open for a young person to know that it’s never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable. Teach young people how to block someone online and how to report them if they feel uncomfortable.
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