Dealing with self-harm - Internet Matters

Dealing with self-harm

If you are concerned that your child is showing signs of suicidal or self-harming thoughts here is advice on steps you can take to support them.

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What steps to take to support your child

See top tips to help protect children from self-harm

As a parent you can speak with your child’s school and your child’s GP. There are also a range of excellent information sources and helplines available for both parents and young people. If you are worried your child is putting their life at risk by self-harming, call 999 or take them to A&E if possible.

Explore the numerous resources available to parents in the section below and our resource page.

Preventing access to self-harm content online

Parental controls usually include the option to prevent access to self-harm and suicide websites. The mobile operators use 18+ filtering as standard, this includes suicide and self-harm. Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr have also issued guidelines to help prevent posts that glorify or promote self-harm.

When you are out and about be aware that not all public wifi has filters applied.

It is worth bearing in mind that no controls are 100% guaranteed to block all unwanted content, but there are additional actions you can take, such as disabling the Google preview pane which will prevent unwanted images appearing when you search.

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Take a our parental controls how-to guide to create a safer space for children to explore online.

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