With new and emerging technologies allowing for the greater use of the Internet, it is vital that we strive to make the Internet a safer place for young people, whilst also equipping them and their families with the knowledge they need to navigate the digital world and keep safe online.
The National Online Safety website has a variety of tools and information which you may find beneficial, including information on popular social media sites and networks such as Snapchat and TikTok.
For advice and information about how to protect your child when they use the Internet and social media, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection website also has a number of resources for young people, and an area for parents and carers where you can find advice on reporting a concern.
Other Useful Websites
- The Think You Know website, which has a guide to Internet safety and safe surfing for young people.
- The Net Aware website, provided by the NSPCC, offers parents guidance and advice on social media networks.
- The UK Safer Internet Centre website provides online safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online.
- Students may want to visit the Secondary Childnet Hub for tips, blogs and advice.
Age-appropriate practical support on reporting concerns is available from:
- Childline - for support.
- UK Safer Internet Centre - to report and remove harmful online content.
- CEOP - for advice on making a report about online abuse.
Useful Links for Parents/Carers Regarding Online Safety
Here are some useful links to help you keep children safe online:
- Government guidance on keeping children safe from online harms such as child sexual exploitation, cyberbullying and harmful content.
- Government guidance on staying safe online including parental controls, fact-checking information, communicating with family and friends while social distancing is in place and taking regular breaks from the screen.
- Thinkuknow is the education programme from the National Crime Agency (NCA) proving age-appropriate resources for children and support for parents.
- Parent Info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations.
- Childnet provides a tool kit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support.
- Internet Matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world.
- LGfL provides support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including 6 top tips to keep primary aged children safe online.
- Net Aware provides support for parents and carers from the NSPCC and O2, providing a guide to social networks, apps and games.
- Let’s Talk About It provides support for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation.
- UK Safer Internet Centre provides tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services.