Staying safe online

Document type
Guidance
Author(s)
Kibirige, Hannah
Publisher
Stonewall
Date of publication
10 February 2014
Subject(s)
Children and Young People, Minority Groups
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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Young people are spending more and more time online. The internet provides exciting ways to be creative, explore new things and connect with others. Lesbian, gay and bisexual young people use the internet for many of the same reasons as their straight peers. For most gay young people, the internet is also a vital source of support and information on gay issues that they are not getting in school. However, going online can also expose young people to risks, from the increasing prevalence of online pornography to cyberbullying, grooming and exploitation. This guide examines some of the risks that young people face online and provides practical ways for parents and teachers to help young people stay safe.

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