01 June 2021
Helping to keep all children safe online this Pride month
June is Pride month – a month dedicated to celebrating the LGBTQ+ communities all around the world and for the second year in a row, most Pride celebrations will be virtual due to the uncertainty on COVID restrictions on large gatherings.
We want all children to be able to have a safe and positive experience when they go online, but we know that some children are more at risk of having a negative experience than others.
The internet can offer LGBTQ+ children and young people a space where they have a sense of belonging and community, a space where they can explore their own identity. But it can also be a place where they are exposed to bullying or inappropriate content – even more so in a time when more is happening online than ever before.
Children and young people may use online space for sharing photos or other content, making friends with similar interests, looking for and giving support and a sense of community where they belong. It is important for LGBTQ+ young people to be able to use the internet to connect with who they are and explore their identity and sexual orientation but this may expose them to risks online.
Some things that children and young people might see or experience online that are upsetting are abusive comments or language, bullying or being asked to share personal and private photos.
Here are some tips to help you keep your child safe online: