Sexual communication with a child is a criminal offence.
The opportunity to meet and flirt with people outside their immediate social circle can be hugely exciting to a young person, particularly at a time where they are exploring their understanding of sex and relationships.
It might not always seem like it but there are lots of opportunities for young people to meet someone in school, through a sports club, hobby or youth group.
This is much safer and it’s a better way to build a friendship and possibly a relationship over time.
Ask your child always to think about why someone would need their information before deciding whether to share it.
Teen dating can be tricky, but remind your child that they are much better off looking for love in the real world.