Wilby Parish Council

Serving the People of Wilby

The Horse Shoe

Clerk: Mrs Vicky Smith
18 Bakehouse Lane, Mears
Ashby, Northampton
Northamptonshire NN6 0ED

Tel: 01604 812239

How to Talk To Your Child About Sexting

How to talk to your child about sexting
Find a way to start a conversation-
Every child is different, so your approach should be based on their character and your relationship with them. You could:

  • outline your expectations and explain the rules of having a mobile, tablet or smartphone
  • ask them what they feel is acceptable to send to people, if they'd be happy for you or a stranger or other children to see certain photos. If the answer is 'no', explain that the image, video or message is probably not appropriate to send
  • make sure they're comfortable saying no, that they know their body is private and being asked to share explicit images is inappropriate
  • explain to them about the importance of trust and consent in a healthy relationship. Tell them that it's not ok for someone to make them feel uncomfortable, to pressure them into doing things that they don't want to do, or to show them things that they're unhappy about. Let them know that they can speak to you if this ever happens
  • look at Childlines advice about relationships and online safety together.
    1. The risks of sexting
      • tell them what can happen when things go wrong. Don't accuse them of sexting, but do explain the dangers and legal issuesyou may find it easier to use real-life examples, such as television programmes or news stories, to help you explain the risks
      • ask them if they'd want something private shown to the world. Talk about the Granny rule - would you want your Granny to see the image you're sharing?
      • talk about whether a person who asks for an image from you might also be asking other people for images
      • if children are sending images to people they trust, they may not think there's much risk involved. Use examples of when friends or partners have had a falling-out and what might happen to the images if this happens
        1. Make it clear you'll be supportive and understanding
        • make sure they know that you're always there for support if they feel pressured by anyone
        • explain that they can come to you if someone asks to send them a nude picture or if they receive an explicit message
        • let them know that you won't be angry with them but just want to make sure they're safe and happy
        • For more information please go to - https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/sexting/
      • Donna Fenner (Police, PCSO, Wellingborough )

Posted: Wed, 20 Feb 2019 17:05 by Vicky Smith

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