25 March 2021
How to support children with SEND with talking to people online
Net Aware has partnered with Ambitious about Autism to bring online safety advice specifically for parents and carers of children with SEND.
Young people use the internet to contact friends they might know from school or other activities. Sometimes children with special educational needs and disabilities may struggle with making friends when other children are not being inclusive or kind.
Chatting to people online can be an easier way of making friends or finding like-minded people.
It can also be easier to talk to people online without the pressure of face-to-face interaction or sensory input. Talking online gives children more time to process than a standard conversation.
Children can chat with people they’ve met in online spaces, like on social media sites, gaming platforms or other online communities. But talking to people online can be risky if your child is talking to someone they don’t know or haven’t met before.
This article will help you understand some of the reasons kids might want to talk to people online and give you some tips on how to keep them safer.
Why might kids want to chat to people online?
- To make friends if they are feeling isolated or lonely
- To talk to people with the same interests and experiences as them
- To talk tactics for gaming
- To find support and advice
Ask your child whether they chat with people online and what they enjoy about it. Knowing their reasons can help you with conversations about how to keep them safe.