Understanding and listening to their perspective might help you express your concerns.
They should keep their other social media profiles and usernames private, and shouldn’t give out their phone number or location.
Ask your child always to think about why someone would need their information before deciding whether to share it.
Make sure your child knows that adults who want to talk about sex are doing something wrong and should be reported.
If you’re worried about someone your child is in contact with online, it’s important to report these concerns to NCA-EOP.
Remind your child that they should never do anything that makes them feel uncomfortable. At NCA-CEOP, we’ve been told by offenders that another tactic they use is to look for young people who use a sexy username, post sexy pictures or talk about sex online.
If they are being made to feel this way, they should tell you. Young people might do these things because they’re naturally curious about sex and relationships, but it can make offenders think they’ll be open to sexual behaviour and could put them at risk.Make sure they know how to spot the warning signs by discussing this age-appropriate advice with them: Who doesn’t enjoy being made to feel special or given lots of attention?We know this is a tactic that many offenders use to gain the trust of a young person quickly.‘Remind your child that they should never do anything that makes them feel uncomfortable’ It’s much harder for your child to think critically about someone if they’re inundated with ‘likes’ or compliments about how sexy or talented they are.Offenders use this as a way to exert control over a child, often becoming very nasty if a child doesn’t do what they say.This is much safer and it’s a better way to build a friendship and possibly a relationship over time.