Sexual communication with a child is a criminal offence.
Make sure your child knows that adults who want to talk about sex are doing something wrong and should be reported.
It might not always seem like it but there are lots of opportunities for young people to meet someone in school, through a sports club, hobby or youth group.
This is much safer and it’s a better way to build a friendship and possibly a relationship over time.
We have become so close as friends we have adopted each other as forgotten sisters!Talk to them about what drew them to online dating, what services they’re using and how they’ve been using them.Understanding and listening to their perspective might help you express your concerns.If you do find out your child has shared something, try not topanic.Watch these short films created by CEOP which will help you understand why they might have done it, how to talk to them about it and where to get help should you need it.Ask your child always to think about why someone would need their information before deciding whether to share it.Teen dating can be tricky, but remind your child that they are much better off looking for love in the real world.The ability to make contact with strangers located nearby is exciting, but young people should never be encouraged to meet up with anybody they’ve only ever met online.If you find out that your child has been using online dating services, remain calm and try not to get angry with them.Meeting and chatting to others online is a normal part of life for most teenagers, but using online dating services could put them at risk. So much of a teenager’s social life happens online and many feel really comfortable using the internet to meet people.The opportunity to meet and flirt with people outside their immediate social circle can be hugely exciting to a young person, particularly at a time where they are exploring their understanding of sex and relationships.