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Article taken from www.internetmatters.org

 As your child becomes a teenager, it's likely the internet will be a part of their daily life. They'll adapt quickly to new technology and use it to communicate, socialise and create. Most teenagers have access to the internet using a smartphone or tablet, and use a wide range of social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram as a vital part of their social relationships.

  • The average 12-15 year old has 272 social network friends
  • 60% of teens have been asked for inappropriate images or videos of themselves
  • 50% of teens aged 14-16 use the internet for 3 hours or more each day


Teens Checklist

Stay involved

Keep talking and stay interested in what they're doing. Don't be afraid to bring up challenging issues like sexting, pornography and cyberbullying. It could be embarrassing, but you'll both benefit from the subjects being out in the open.

Adjust controls

Discuss with them adjusting the parental controls to match your teenager's level of maturity. Have a chat about it first - don't turn them off completely without careful consideration and discussion.

Keep their information private
Your child can set privacy settings on most social networking sites so that only close friends can search for them, tag them in a photograph or share what they've posted.

Talk about online reputation
Let them know that anything they upload, email or message could stay around forever online. Remind them they should only do things online that they wouldn't mind you, their teacher or a future employer seeing. Get them to think about creating a positive digital footprint.

Stay safe on the move
Use safe settings on all mobile devices but be aware that if your child is accessing the internet using public WiFi, filters to block inappropriate content may not be active. Some providers, like McDonald's, are part of family friendly WiFi schemes so look out for Mumsnet Family Friendly WiFi and RDI Friendly WiFi symbols when you're out and about.

Show you trust them
If you can afford to, give them a small allowance that they can use for spending online so they can download apps, music and films for themselves, from places you agree together.


What else can I do?

The most important thing at this age is for you to be there - to be available and non-judgmental if your teenager has a problem or wants to discuss something they've come across online that makes them feel uncomfortable. They're less likely to turn to you for advice if they think you'll take their devices or internet access away from them.

Talk to your teenager about being responsible when they're online. Children often feel they can say things online that they wouldn't say face-to-face. Teach them to always have respect for themselves and others online.

Watch out for signs that indicate your teen is spending too much time on the internet, and preferring to go online rather than meeting up with friends or taking part in other non-computer related activities.

For further information, please visit the Internet Matters website.