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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

Share Aware - Help children stay safe on social networks

Published: 13/01/2015

Our Trust is supporting NSPCC public education campaign, Share Aware, to help parents keep their children safe online.

The campaign is aimed at parents and carers of children aged 8-12 – the age at which they start doing more online, become more independent and use a greater range of devices. The campaign aims to encourage parents and carers to understand online safety and to have conversations with their children about keeping safe.

Did you know that 1 in 5 8-11 year olds who go online have a social network profile?

Share aware

Having conversations from a young age can help build trust and openness and get preventative messages across. However, many parents feel confused by the internet and out of their depth in understanding what their children are doing online and what the risks might be. Share Aware aims to give parents and carers the tools to feel confident to have these conversations.

At the website www.nspcc.org.uk/shareaware parents and carers can find an online guide to various resources such as:

  • talking tips
  • online safety advice
  • a parent's guide to being 'Share Aware'
  • online training

You can also access NSPCC's Net Aware site, a simple guide to the social networks, sites and apps children use – as rated by parents and young people themselves.