How To Help Your Kids Stay Safe Online

author/source: Parents Together

My kids have spent a LOT of time online over the last couple of years—so I wanted to make sure they can tell the difference between a safe online friend and an unsafe one. I started by letting them know what red flags to look for, so they can more easily recognize the signs of grooming if/when they see them happening. Some grooming red flags include: 

how-help-your-kids-stay-safe-online๐Ÿšฉ Asking for personal info, like their address or what school they go to; 

๐Ÿšฉ Giving lots of compliments right away, especially inappropriate ones; 

๐Ÿšฉ Offering them gifts; 

๐Ÿšฉ Asking to move the conversation to a private chat; 

๐Ÿšฉ Asking for photos or videos; 

๐Ÿšฉ Making threats. 

Safe online friends respect our boundaries and never make us feel scared or uncomfortable. Click the button for some specific things you can say to teach your kids how to tell the difference between safe and unsafe people online! ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿฝ 

See the script ๐Ÿ“ƒ  

how-help-your-kids-stay-safe-onlineWith so many kids spending lots of time online these days, it’s important to teach them how to tell the difference between a safe online friend and an unsafe one. With this simple script, you can help kids identify safe online relationships, and teach them when and how to cut things off when needed! 

All the best, 


If you’re still feeling worried about your kid going online, watch our video to see a demonstration of how to get through this tough conversation with your kid!  

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