A guide for parents, carers and teachers about social networking sites. Social networking sites are very popular with children - even those as young as 8 and 9. These sites allow children to be incredibly creative online, to express themselves using a whole range of different media and keep in touch with their friends. It's important to recognise that there are potential risks. This leaflet outlines ways parents and carers can engage with their children and young people to talk about social networking and how to deal with issues when they arise.