Just like the real world, there are spaces, people, and places online which can be frightening or distressing for young people. Parents and policymakers have expressed concern at the sheer amount of inappropriate material that is freely accessible online, such as pornography or violent videos.
Harmful content can include live news, violence, sexualised content and the incitement of activities that can harm the physical and emotional health of young people.
Talking to young people about harmful content can seem daunting, especially when talking about something you haven’t necessarily seen or experienced yourself. However, sensitively addressing the issue by talking is important, particularly when you know or suspect the issue might impact a child or young person in your care.
Exposure to harmful content can be challenging for children and young people, which is why we have developed the following advice to help parents, carers and safeguarding professionals.
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