Tip 2: Offensive Content

TIP 2: Learn how to report offensive content to the websites and social networks which your child is permitted to use.

Search engines allow you to turn on safe searching which means that no adult content will appear within search results and all social networking sites enable users to report and/or block offensive content. After discussing what constitutes responsible online behaviour and how to deal with content that makes your children uncomfortable or upset, sit down together and go to the sites your children like to use. Go through the options and processes that they can go through in order to manage their privacy settings and report any offensive content.

It's important to also remind your children that they can immediately seek your help if needed and that it's okay to simply get off line and stop using the computer or digital device if they come across something or someone that makes them upset. There are links to more information about specific social networks' security and privacy help pages in Strategy 3.

Conversation starters to help you discuss this with your children:

  • What kind of content on the internet makes you feel uncomfortable?
  • What can you do if you or your friends see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe?
  • What steps can you take to prevent seeing or reading this kind of content online?
  • Have you been approached by someone you don’t know to share personal information with them?