• You find pornography on your child’s computer. Online predators may send pornographic images in order to ‘normalise’ their requests for pictures.
• Your child is receiving or making calls to numbers that you don’t recognise.
• Your child is spending an increasing and/ or an excessive amount of time online.
• Your child is receiving unexplained gifts (mobile phones or extra credit vouchers are common).
• Your child is becoming withdrawn and there is a distinct change in their behaviour.
• Your child is becoming more secretive in what they are doing online and is trying to ‘hide’ what they are doing online.
• There are people on your child’s ‘friends’ list that you do not know and your child has never met offline.
What to do
• They can tell you about any problems they are having or if someone online makes them feel uncomfortable.
• It’s OK to trust their instincts.
• If something feels odd or strange then it probably is.
• ‘Good friends’ don’t make them do things that make them feel uncomfortable.