Computers are such an important part of our everyday lives now, so it is important to keep them healthy.
With limitless information, endless games and the ability to escape from the real world, young people’s relationship with the internet can become unhealthy. Read more
Young people are growing up online and may be posting information which in the past would have been written in their secret diary. These thoughts, opinions and activities provide a window to their lives at a time where jobs and responsibility might be far from their minds. Read more
Pictures and videos can be copied, shared and spread at great speed. What may have started as being posted for a few friends can very quickly end up in the hands of the entire school and beyond. Read more
The Internet is open to anyone to post and create content so sometimes your child may see things they wish they hadn’t, or access sites that are inappropriate for their age.
Inappropriate can mean different things to different people, from swear words to pornographic images or videos, and what is inappropriate for your child will also change as they grow and develop.
There are a range of things online that might upset children and affect what should be a healthy online experience. It’s important to remember that inappropriate content online includes pornographic content, but could also include other content such as race hate, pro eating disorders or gambling sites.
If your child is using the internet, you should discuss the type of things they might see no matter what age they are. Read more
You’ve probably heard of the term ‘grooming’ before. In essence, this is a process used by people with a sexual interest in children to attempt to engage them in sexual acts either over the internet or in person.
Sadly, these people do attempt to make contact with children over the internet; this may be in social networking sites, chatrooms or games. They could be by pretending to be someone else, or showing an interest in them. Read more
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place via technology. Whether on gaming sites, through a mobile device or via a social networking site, the effects can be devastating for the young people involved.
With online technologies accessible 24 hours a day, cyberbullying can be relentless. It can also intrude on spaces that were previously personal, for example at home; it can feel that there is no escape from it.
28% of 11 – to 16 year olds have been deliberately targeted, threatened or humiliated by an individual or group through the use of mobile phone or the internet. Read more
As with the real world, there are risks online and it’s important that you teach your child how to navigate them. Read more
Your child may have watched one of our Thinkuknow films at school; they are a great way to start conversations with them about what can happen online and what they can do about it.
The films may also be a good way for you to learn about some of the pressures young people may face, what can go wrong and what you can do about it. Read more
A good way to set boundaries with your child about what they can and can’t do online is to create an agreement with them. Read more
This publication has been produced with the assistance from the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the project E-business Development and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union. The project is implemented by the consortium led by Exemplas, in cooperation with ACE Consultants, European Profiles, Imorgon, Seidor and Teamnet International.