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In this section we’ll look at how we can help to shape young children’s online development.

As soon as children begin to read and write they are able to communicate over the internet, so this is the time parents need to be setting ground rules and teaching their children about how they can stay safe online.

Working with your child at an early age will help them develop a responsible attitude to the internet and avoid problems in the future.


It will also help build trust and confidence between you both, so that, if issues do occur, they can be dealt with together. Building this relationship now will make all the difference as your child grows and becomes more independent.

Many young victims of cyberbullying suffer alone because they feel that their parents do not understand the problem.