online issues

The internet is a fantastic place for children to learn, create and have fun, but they may occasionally have to deal with a variety of sometimes challenging issues.

These might include cyberbullying, pressure to take part in sexting, encouragement to self-harm, viewing pornography, along with various others. But there are positive things you can do to equip yourself and your child, and support them in resolving any issue they may face.

Learn about it

Familiarise yourself with the issue your child may be facing or that you are concerned about.

Talk about it

Tips on how to have positive conversations about specific issues; keeping the dialogue honest and open.

Deal with it

Practical help to deal with the issue.

Key internet safety issues

In each section you’ll find specific information about the issue, advice on how to talk about the issue with your child, recommended expert resources, and practical advice on the positive actions you can take.


Many parents won’t be aware of how difficult this issue can be for children, but cyberbullying is one of the most far-reaching issues facing children today.

Inappropriate Content

Pornographic, violent, gambling and ideological content can be inappropriate for children that are still in their formative years.

Online Grooming

Online grooming of children by strangers can aim to take advantage of a child’s naivety and inability to protect themselves from dangers.

Online Pornography

Online pornography and sexualised imagery is easily accessible on the internet, and children can innocently stumble across it without meaning to.

Online Reputation

A child’s online reputation can be affected by what they publish and post online. This can stay with them for life.

Privacy & Identity Theft

A child’s identity can be stolen just like an adult’s can, so it’s important to ensure your child understands the importance of personal data privacy.


Online radicalisation is an increasing concern for parents in the digital age as children can be introduced to ideas that you as parents may not want them to know about.

Self Harm

Children can use the internet to educate themselves about self harm and connect with pro-self harm communities.


Sexual messaging and image sharing between children and their boyfriends/girlfriends or people they’ve met online, can have unwanted consequences for children.