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

Think about your child’s understanding of the internet. Are they already clued up or do they need more support?

Think carefully about what you want to get out of the conversation

What boundaries do you want to put in place when it comes to your child being online? Can you come up with an agreement together? What boundaries does your child think is fair?

Be aware that disabled children and those with special needs (SEN) are more likely to experience cyberbullying but it doesn’t mean it will happen to your child however, they’re more vulnerable to experience it

Although disabled young people are less likely to use the internet don’t discourage it, support them

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

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