Educate your child to make smart decisions online and healthy online practices. Providing your child with the tools to think critically before acting online, will help protect them prevent online risks much more than if you control their internet usage. Raise their awareness on the risks of uploading personal information online, and communication with strangers online
Be supportive and help your child feel comfortable to come talk to you if they feel at threat. Children need to know they can be open about their troubles. Even if you see them engaging in an online activity which puts them at risk, be sure not to blame the child for entering the risk and show them that you are there to help them. Once they feel trusted, they are more likely to come to you when in need.
Learn as much as you can about the internet and different apps your child uses. Helping your child stay away from online risks starts from you fully understanding the digital world yourself
Keep devices and applications safe for children’s use Make sure your ICT devices at home are set with child protection measures. This includes using strong passwords, using parent controls for different websites and applications to ensure children will not have access to unwanted content.
Treat online child sexual exploitation just as serious as cases of child sexual abuse and exploitation which happen offline. OCSE has an extreme impact on a child’s wellbeing. Even if no physical contact was involved between the child and the perpetrator, the short- and long-term consequences can be devastating for a child.
Start conversations with your child on online safety the moment they start using the internet or ICT devices. Any child who has access to the internet can be at risk of OCSE, no matter how young they are or if they are a boy or a girl. However, knowing how to make smart online decisions from an early age can help prevent children from these risks.
Communicate openly on healthy relations Discussing sexual matters may be seen as a taboo and you may not always feel at ease starting a conversation on the topic. But not only should there be no shame talking about sexual issues – it is extremely important for children’s healthy development as long as done in an age appropriate way, and it can protect them from harm.
Know what to do in case of OCSE and where to report There are several actions which can be done if an online perpetrator is putting a child at risk. Blocking the person or the unwanted content is possible on most applications and reporting through the apps services or websites such as www.internethotlinecambodia.org can be done to try to remove the content from the website.