What is Identity and Expression?
Everyone has an identity formed by their friends, family, environment and interests. When children and young people make their way online, how they express themselves and their identity may change. This could be because of how they see influencers promoting themselves or it might be for a purpose such as more likes or views.
Children with SEND or who are a part of the LGBTQ+ community may also be affected by online or offline bullying that could affect how they act.
Learn how to help children express themselves authentically online to feel happy and safe.
Internet Matters Ambassador Dr. Linda Papadopoulos shares advice for parents and carers to help children and young people be more authentic online and build an online identity that reflects them positively as they become more active online:
It can be difficult for children to authentically express themselves online, especially if they worry how they might be perceived. Online safety expert, Lauren Seager-Smith from Kidscape, explores what parents can do to help children love and embrace themselves for a positive self-image:
If your child has identified or thinks they identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community, there are hundreds of online communities and resources that can support you and your child on their journey of self-discovery: