The internet and social media has become so important in our daily lives, as we socialise and work online and for children, the internet has become the new classroom and playground. Sadly, there are people out there that take advantage of this. The resources and information on this page aim to help you understand the way your children view the digital world. A world that, to them, is becoming more and more their reality.
It is important to remember that the victim, the child, is NEVER to blame. Victims are always the victims. Online groomers can be very persuasive and children should never be made to feel they did anything to encourage their exploitation. The best response an adult can provide a child who has been a victim of online exploitation is to comfort them, be supportive and help them address the issues they have encountered.
And of course, it's not just about when things go wrong. You can help your child to stay safe by creating an environment in which they feel able to speak openly about concerns they may have. You can do this by making good internet habits a part of your daily lives by limiting screen time, no devices at dinnertime/bedtime. Most importantly, talk to your children and show an active interest in what they are doing online - let them share what they’re playing or looking at with you.
Find out more about the ESCB online safety campaign and access further information about online safety including online gaming, livestreams, fake content and online bullying.