Use these discussions as the starting point for the plan you develop together.Research shows that many young people feel they would rather speak to a friend than a parent or other trusted adult for fear of being judged.It can be difficult to know where to start when thinking about keeping your children safe from harm online.Speaking with your children early about ways to stay safe online and what you’d both do if something were to go wrong is one of the best ways to help them navigate online challenges.It’s also a good idea to talk about who they would talk to if they didn’t feel comfortable talking to you, that way you know whatever goes wrong they know who they can go to for help and support.
This could be you, a close friend, a trusted family member, a teacher or a support service such as Netsafe.
As a parent it can be hard to think about things going very wrong for your child online.
In case of an urgent situation it’s worth having an understanding of what services are available and when you should contact them just in case.
SAFE Network (Auckland) – ext 700 or make a referral online A service to prevent sexual abuse by providing support for concerning or harmful sexual behaviour.
STOP (Christchurch) – or [email protected] A service to prevent sexual abuse by providing support for concerning or harmful sexual behaviour.