Discovering that your child has been searching for sex terms on Google can be a difficult situation to navigate.
Here are some steps you can take to address this issue:
Talk to your child: It’s important to have an open and honest conversation with your child about what you have discovered. Explain that searching for sex terms can be dangerous and inappropriate for their age, and ask if they have any questions or concerns about what they have seen.
Set clear boundaries: Establish clear rules about internet use and explain why certain websites or content are not appropriate for their age. Consider using parental control software to restrict access to certain websites or types of content.
Provide education: ‘Talk and Teach’ your child about sex and relationships in an age-appropriate manner. Help them understand the importance of consent, respect, and healthy relationships. You can also provide them with resources such as books or websites that offer accurate information about sex education.
Don’t judge: keep the lines of communication open. Kids are curious. Build bridges not walls between you. Be the person they can go to not the person they hide from.
Monitor their internet use: Keep an eye on your child’s internet activity and have regular check-ins to ensure they are using the internet responsibly.
Seek professional help if needed: If you are concerned that your child’s behaviour is more serious or if you are struggling to have open conversations with them, consider seeking the help of a professional counsellor or therapist who specialises in working with children and families.
Remember that it is important to approach this situation with empathy and understanding. Your child may be curious about sex and relationships, but it’s important to provide them with accurate information and guidance to help them make responsible and healthy choices as they grow up.