10 ways to keep your children safe this Christmas
13 December 2021
As families and friends come together to celebrate during the festive period, it’s important that parents and carers have support to protect children, both online and offline. That’s why we’ve brought together our top tips for parents and carers to help keep their children safe during the festive period and beyond.
Tip 1: Talk to your child about their online activity
Encourage them to talk about what they’ve been doing online, who they’re talking to and remind them that they can come to you if they have any concerns.
Tip 2: Have honest and open conversations about consent and relationships
Talk to your child about sex and relationships in a way that’s appropriate for their age. There are lots of great resources to help, such as the NSPCC Pantosaurus tool.
Tip 3: Create a family safety plan
A family safety plan is a great way to identify risks and have open discussions about what everyone’s expectations are as a family and how you can set appropriate boundaries.
Tip 4: Use books to help start conversations about staying safe
Books can also be a good way to help start these important conversations and can make these topics seem less scary.
Tip 5: Talk to your child about smart ways to search the internet
Help reduce the chance of your child seeing something inappropriate by learning about the safest ways to search the internet.
Tip 6: Find out about age-appropriate behaviour in children
Use our traffic light tool to help tell if a child or young person’s behaviour is age-appropriate, worrying or harmful, and how to react and protect children.
Tip 7: Browse our harmful sexual behaviour prevention guide
Around one-third of child sexual abuse is carried out by under-18s. Take a look at our tips to help prevent this, and to find out about the warning signs and how to respond.
Tip 8: Know the possible warning signs in a child’s behaviour
Sometimes unexplained changes in a child’s behaviour could indicate something is not right, and give a chance to help protect them.
Tip 9: Know the possible warning signs in an adult’s behaviour
There might also be changes in an adult’s behaviour around children that could indicate they might be causing harm to a child.
Tip 10: Trust your gut – talk to us about any concerning behaviour
If you have any worries then we can support you and talk through any issues. You can contact the experienced advisors on our Stop It Now! helpline to get confidential support and advice.
The helpline is anonymous and you do not need to tell us your real name or location, so you talk openly and can get the advice you need. If you’re not ready to talk to someone yet, you can use our live chat or send us a secure email.