Information for Parents

Bullying and Online Safety

With increasing numbers of children and young people using social networking sites and mobile phones, it is really important that those closest to children and young people are able to help and support them. They also need to make sure they learn how to use this technology safely and responsibly as their behaviours are still forming.

Parents worry about bullying; it is often difficult to know what to do if you notice signs that your child may be being affected by the bullying actions of others, or even if you suspect your child is involved in bullying someone else.

In this section, you will find information on how to spot the signs of bullying, what you can do if your child has been affected by bullying and steps you can take to help prevent your child from becoming a victim of cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is when technology is used to hurt, harass or abuse others, and can include using laptops, PCs, gaming consoles and mobile phones.

In addition to providing help and advice on cyberbullying, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. Visit CEOP's Thinkuknow website to find information for parents and young people on staying safe online, and how to report abuse to CEOP.

If you're concerned about something that may have happened online, visit the CEOP advice and help centre.

You can also take a look at the attached downloads for more information about how you can help your child safely use the technology they want to.

Connect Safely have launched a Parents' Guide to Facebook which is designed to help parents understand what Facebook is and how it can be used safely.

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