What about online porn?
Young people are naturally curious about sex, and this can lead to them accessing online porn. They may have questions they don’t want to ask anyone else, or stumble across pornographic content by accident. However, online porn can give people unrealistic ideas about sex, consent, relationships and body image, so it’s important to be open and honest with your child about sex and relationships, to help them understand this.
We know these conversations can be difficult, but there are lots of resources to support you and give you confidence to speak to your children about sexual content online, including the NSPCC website.
Should I be concerned about online gambling?
Gambling is often normalised and seen as harmless, but it can become a problem. Talking to your children about gambling can help prevent it becoming a problem. The Gambling Education Hub has a useful leaflet with advice for parents and carers about this, which you can download here.
How is coronavirus changing how young people interact digitally?
Young Scot have a useful page on how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting how we use technology, which includes advice on spotting scams and fake news, and suggested ways of connecting with friends and family online.