If you’re worried about someone your child is in contact with online, it’s important to report these concerns to CEOP.Make sure your child also knows how and when to report – you can find more information on this here. You have stories to tell, and passions to share, and things to talk about that are more interesting than the weather.Get noticed for who you are, not what you look like. As popular as online dating has become, it’s not a good idea for young people and isn’t a safe way for children to explore relationships.Some people who want to harm children use the internet to look for young people to target, and they use sites and apps where they know young people go to look for love, to flirt or to make friends.Ask your child always to think about why someone would need their information before deciding whether to share it.Teen dating can be tricky, but remind your child that they are much better off looking for love in the real world.
Teens who have experienced dating violence are at much higher risk for a variety of serious problems.
It might not always seem like it but there are lots of opportunities for young people to meet someone in school, through a sports club, hobby or youth group.
This is much safer and it’s a better way to build a friendship and possibly a relationship over time.
If your child continues dating online, it’s important to have ongoing conversations with them about their use of dating sites to ensure they aren’t exposing themselves to harm.
Make sure they know how to spot the warning signs by discussing this age appropriate advice with them: Who doesn’t enjoy being made to feel special or given lots of attention?