Social networking sites and online gaming are a huge favourite with children because they allow them to stay in touch with friends, meet new people with similar interests and share photos and videos. Used appropriately, social networks are an excellent place for young people to demonstrate their creativity and, in certain respects, avoid isolation as they enjoy a sense of belonging.

To keep children safe when they’re using and exposed to social media and networks, there is a level of knowledge required by those of us responsible for their care.