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Offenders sometimes encourage young people to move from a public forum, to a game, or more private chat apps or sites.
No matter how young your child is, if they are using a device that has the internet- it is important to talk to them about people who contact them online.
We understand that you can’t always be there with them, although if they are 11 and under we would always recommend that their device is used in a public space, making it all the more important that your child knows that they can come to you if someone online says or does something that makes them uncomfortable, worried or upset.
Adults can exploit this natural curiosity by talking about sex and introducing new things that might be inappropriate.
Direct your child to age appropriate information about sex and relationships at Childline or Brook.
Some offenders rely on this acceptance and use young people’s trust in adults to harm them.