In some cases, for children with autism, socialising online can be easier and less intense than face-to-face interactions. Having open, clear conversations (using the person’s preferred form of communication) can support them to get the best out of social media and the internet.
Consider looking together at the platforms they use or are thinking about using. Learning together is a great way to understand the functions and risks online.
You might want to discuss the general functions of social media such as talking to people, making friends, sharing images and talking about shared interests.
Talking about why people use social media will support the child to build an understanding of how social media works.
If the child or young person already uses social media, it might be helpful to discuss what it is they find useful: