Is Your Child Being Unsafe Online? 4 Signs You Need To Look Out For, According To An Expert
Advice for parents to ensure their child is being safe when online
6 February 2019
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1. Becoming Withdrawn And Spending More Time On Their Devices Than Usual
Look out for any unusual behaviour (Thinkstock/PA)
Adele Abbiss, Online Safety Expert at Smoothwall says: “Seeming distant and spending more time on their phone, game console or computer can be a tell-tale sign that a child is regularly speaking to someone.
“This could just be a friend from school, but it is important to know who they are speaking to in case they are someone they shouldn’t be communicating with.
“A way to tackle this is for parents to know what apps and social media platforms their child may be using. They should also try to use them themselves, so as to understand how they work and what is possible.
“Does it have a chat functionality, a private inbox, or can you add privacy settings on there to minimise inappropriate content? This way, parents can be more mindful of the potential risks, and more importantly how to eliminate them.”