Getting ready to talk

Think about when and where best to talk to them – in the car or a neutral place where they feel safe

Jot down what you want to say to focus your mind, and make the conversation relevant to them

Be open and encouraging to make them feel supported

Have a few bite sized conversations to give them time to process

What you need to know

Typically 11 – 13 year olds will:

Have access to a smartphone or tablet

Use the internet to play games

Do homework online

Watch videos on YouTube or socialise with friends

There has been a rapid growth in the number of 11-13 years olds using social media – often with accounts on multiple social networks

Children as young as 11 post an average of 26 times a day, attract 100 followers to every one of their profiles

Over two thirds of 11- 12 year olds have a Facebook profile despite a minimum age of 13

Bullying is a learnt behaviour – so it’s important to set a good example and regularly reinforce being a good digital citizen

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