Please take the time to have a look at the websites and videos below which will explain the risks children face when using the Internet and what you can do to help keep your child safe.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP)
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) works across the UK tackling child sex abuse and providing advice for parents, young people and children.
If something happens online that makes you feel worried or unsafe you can Make a report to one of CEOP’s Child Protection Advisors who will make sure you get the help you need. Click the CEOP Internet Safety logo for more information.
Are your children safe online?
Parent Info is a collaboration between CEOP and The Parent Zone and provides a large collection of articles, tips, expert advice and resources designed to help parents keep up with what their children are doing on-line. Click on the parent info logo to find out more!
Thinkuknow is run by CEOP and provides all the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it.
General Internet Advice for Parents and Carers
- Is your family internet safe? Do you know where to go for help and advice? visit: www.saferinternet.org.uk
- Did you know you can set up age appropriate parental controls on your home broadband? If you don’t know how, contact your internet service provider for details.
- Do you know what your child is up to when they are online or what apps they are using – good or bad? Visit: https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/apps-guide/#tab-1431531253-2-18
- How many hours a day do you think is acceptable for your child to be on devices? Visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-38611006
- Did you know that Vodafone produce a free online Digital Parenting Guide with many excellent tips and resources?http://www.theparentzone.co.uk/
- How do you encourage your child or young person away from their screens and be more engaged in family time? Need ideas visit: http://www.poolefamilyinformationdirectory.com/kb5/poole/fis/category.page?category=1
- How many friends do your young people have on their social networking sites? Do they really know them all? Keep talking to them about who they communicate with. www.bullying.co.uk
- Do you know what your child’s favourite app or website is, as there are so many great ways to explore the internet with children of all ages?
- Have you and your children done the checklists for the social media sites you use? – view the pdf and check you and your teenagers are safe, there are checklists for Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram. http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/young-people/11-19s
- Find out how to stand up to cyberbullies and understand the signs:
- Have you seen the UK Safer Internet Education Pack for parents and carers https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2017/education-packs/education-pack-parents-and-carers This will provide even more facts for you to follow up!
- Does your child want to use Snapchat? Get great information and help from the NSPCC and mumsnet at
- Have you ensured that the games your children are playing are suitable? – check the PEGI game rating http://www.pegi.info/en/index/
- Do you need more advice to help your child online? – check out the parent’s website at https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
- Do you have unanswered questions about online safety? – contact the NSPCC E-safety Parents helpline on 0808 8005002 https://www.nspcc.org.uk/fighting-for-childhood/about-us/partners/nspcc-o2-online-safety-partnership/
Safer Schools Community Team (SSCT) Parent Newsletters