With 90% of children under 10 going online, and 86% of children aged between seven and 11 using some form of online communication, the risk is there from an early age.
The more you know about the kind of social networking sites your child belongs to and what information they like to share, the more likely you’ll be able to keep them safe.
But it does require you to know about the technology that kids are using. It might be funny to joke about how the kids can use these new-fangled devices that we don’t even understand, but if you expect to keep an eye on what those kids are doing, it’s going to require some familiarity of your own. Social networks and online gaming might not be your cup of tea, but your kids are using them, so you should be too.