The opportunity to meet and flirt with people outside their immediate social circle can be hugely exciting to a young person, particularly at a time where they are exploring their understanding of sex and relationships.
It’s also not as awkward to flirt with people online as it is in school corridors!
Make sure your child knows that adults who want to talk about sex are doing something wrong and should be reported.
If you’re worried about someone your child is in contact with online, it’s important to report these concerns to NCA-EOP.
If you find out that your child has been using online dating services, remain calm and try not to get angry with them.
Talk to them about what drew them to online dating, what services they’re using and how they’ve been using them.
Teen dating can be tricky, but remind your child that they are much better off looking for love in the real world.
It might not always seem like it but there are lots of opportunities for young people to meet someone in school, through a sports club, hobby or youth group.Watch these short films created by NCA-CEOP which will help you understand why they might have done it, how to talk to them about it and where to get help should you need it.Dating sites encourage users to share their personal information, but it isn’t a good idea for your child to do so.Remind your child that they should never do anything that makes them feel uncomfortable. At NCA-CEOP, we’ve been told by offenders that another tactic they use is to look for young people who use a sexy username, post sexy pictures or talk about sex online.If they are being made to feel this way, they should tell you. Young people might do these things because they’re naturally curious about sex and relationships, but it can make offenders think they’ll be open to sexual behaviour and could put them at risk.Understanding and listening to their perspective might help you express your concerns.