Behaviours and unwanted contact

Your child may inadvertently increase their risk of unwanted contact online in a number of ways.

Posting provocative photos and messages or using provocative screen names

Many children think they are mature or funny using sexually provocative language and images and don’t stop to think that some undesirable people may be attracted to their information.

Posting personal information on publicly accessible websites

Your child might not think about the risks of sharing their personal information publicly. Posting personal details, like their full name or school on a social networking site without using the privacy controls means it can be seen by many people that they do not know.

Accepting contacts or ‘friends’ they don’t know

By accepting these people on the social networking, apps or gaming websites they use, your child is allowing strangers to access their personal information and images, which may be harmless, but those contacts may also be looking to establish a relationship with a sexual purpose. They should avoid responding to anonymous users on apps and websites.

Using sites designed for teens or adults

Children who visit sites targeted at adult audiences, such as with some social networking, dating, chat room or gaming sites increase the likelihood of being contacted by older teens or adults for sexual purposes.

Parent questions about online grooming and predators

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