The internet plays a vital role in all aspects of children's and young people's lives. But young people can sometimes participate in inappropriate, risk-taking or illegal behaviour online. It can be difficult for parents and carers to know how to respond and support a child.

That's why we have created a guide for parents of children and young people who have got into trouble online. It's designed to answer some of the immediate questions you may have after learning that something is happening, or has happened, in your child's online life.

These problems can include:

  • Accessing adult pornography
  • Sexting and sending or receiving sexual images
  • Viewing indecent images of children

Download Our 'What's the Problem?' Guide

This is a guide for parents of children and young people who have got into trouble online.
It is designed to answer some of the immediate questions you may have after learning that something is happening, or has happened, in your child's online life.

For more information about how you can keep your children safe, read our guide on creating a Family Safety Plan.

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This leaflet provides information and advice to the partners and carers of young people engaging in illegal sexual behaviour online either through 'sexting', accessing adult pornography, or viewing sexual images of children. It helps you to understand what has happened and provides the advice you will need on how to move forward, including talking to our confidential and anonymous helpline.

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