Tuesday 17 October 2017

Guidelines for internet and texting

• Keep up to speed with your teenager's internet usage as best you can, being mindful of their personal needs. Check their internet activity occasionally.

• Explain why certain messages and imagery are not appropriate to put up on the internet or send by text.

• Keep an eye on the TV programmes your child is watching.

• Put boundaries in place regarding the use of computers and mobile phones.

• If a sexting incident has taken place, deal with it sensitively and rebuild the trust with your child.

• Check with your child's school, local VEC and/or local community projects for accessible, affordable support programmes for parents.

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