We’re all spending more time than ever online right now, parents and children alike. Being online is, of course, an incredible way for children to learn, play and connect with friends and family – it can help retain a link to how things were before the pandemic changed the world.

However, the constant cycle of distressing and confusing news, pressure to keep up with friends, changes to social media and online trends can easily cause young people to become overwhelmed and upset.

As an adult, it might not be that easy to understand or keep up, which could make it difficult for you to know where to start when it comes to having a conversation with your child about what they’re going through.

Along with O2, the NSPCC has created www.net-aware.org.uk a free online resource to help families support their children’s wellbeing, as well as providing information about all the newest social media trends and how to speak to your children about potential online dangers.

We’d also recommend encouraging your child to explore www.childline.org.uk for advice on feeling good on social media, coping with stress and worries about the world.

If that seems like a lot to take in, just remember – it all starts with a conversation.

It sounds obvious, but checking in regularly about the apps and social media they’re using, or any news stories they’ve heard and have concerns about, is the first step to ensuring they’re confident enough to speak to a trusted adult about their thoughts.

Lastly, remember - we’re still here for children, and we’re here to help you too.

Helen Westerman, Head of safeguarding, NSPCC