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Who children meet online

Messaging apps and social media are a great way for young people to connect with family and friends. But would your child know what to do if they were bullied or contacted by a stranger? Find out about the potential risks of online contact.

Do your kids like to Facetime with grandma, chat with friends on WhatsApp and share their status on Facebook? Technology has opened up a world of opportunities for communication and self-expression for children and adults alike but, unfortunately, online contact is not always positive. Find out about four types of negative contact young people might experience online and read our Take action checklist.

Bullying

From nasty comments on social media (trolling) to harassment during a video game (griefing), being bullied online can be as upsetting as being bullied in real life, not least because it can happen 24/7. Some young people even become bullies or bystanders themselves, without realising the severity of the situation. Find out more from:Stand Up To Bullying

Stand Up To Bullying
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Grooming

When someone makes contact with a child with the motive of sexual abuse or radicalisation, this is known as grooming. Children are often very trusting so it’s important that you understand what grooming is and that you know what to do if your child is contacted in this way via messaging apps, social media or multiplayer games. Find out more from:Parent InfoInternet Matters

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Sexting

You might be used to your child taking lots of selfies but what if they send or receive naked photos or videos? Many young people don’t realise that sexting is risky – the recipient is breaking the law if the subject is under 18 and the image could get passed on to others and used for bullying. Find out more from

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Harvesting personal information

Your child could be persuaded to reveal information about themselves online that someone else could use to track them, steal from them or commit a crime in their name. Find out more from

Get Safe Online

Take action

Looking for more resources to help your child manage online contact? Check out Vodafone’s Be Strong Online modules for schools and #BeStrong compassion emojis.