A guide for parents: responding to concerning online sexual behaviour amongst young people: a guide for parents

Introduction

We know how difficult it is for parents and carers when their child gets into trouble online for inappropriate or illegal sexual behaviour. We support families every day in such situations to help them address concerns, come to terms with what’s happened and move forward.  

The internet has become an integral part of everyday life. Although advances in technology offer many positive opportunities, they also pose risks for young people where they might make decisions or mistakes that lead to harm to themselves or others. 

This guide is designed to answer some of the questions you may have if you are concerned about your child’s online sexual behaviour. They might have watched pornography, sent a naked photos of themselves, been involved in harmful sexual chats or looked at sexual images of under 18s. 

We hope this guide will help you talk to your child about their online sexual behaviour and support you in promoting safer internet use. 

If you want to talk through your specific situation, call our confidential helpline (0808 1000 900), use our live chat or secure messaging service. All calls are confidential and anonymous and our experienced advisors can offer you specialist support and advice. 

 

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