There are lots of great places to get hold of more information as a parent. Please try one of these links:
Need help now?
Text Shout to 85258 for text support 24/7 from Shout for support in a crisis. Find out more from https://www.giveusashout.org/
Does your young person want to chat online to a trained counsellor? Kooth (https://www.kooth.com/) offers that service online Monday – Friday 12pm – 10pm
Saturday – Sunday 6pm – 10pm
Think-U-Know and CEOP
http://thinkuknow.co.uk for advice and information and which also has the button to get help with people who might be trying to groom young people online.
New resources (March 2019) for Key Stage 1 pupils from CEOP – Jessie and Friends – find out more HERE
Online Safety at Home for Parents from CEOP
Get help reporting content or issues
https://www.childnet.com/resources/how-to-make-a-report is a great page with links to how to report to a range of sites
Online Bullying Particularly
Childnet – http://www.childnet.com/
Advice and information for Children and Families and professionals covering a range of potential issues but with clearly focussed advice for Online Bullying.
Childline – http://www.childline.org.uk/
Information and a helpline for young people. Having someone they don’t know to turn to in case of an issue can be very valuable.
Bullying UK – http://www.bullying.co.uk/
Advice and support for families and young people on a range of bullying issues including Online Bullying.
Social Media Guides from UK Safer Internet Centre – https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/social-media-guides
Download guides about all of the major social networks and how to stay safe on them
Download social media guides for parents about Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp and TikTok from Online Safety Alliance
General Online Safety
BBC Webwise – http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/
Information and advice about all aspects of using the Internet safety and efficiently aimed at Young People aged around Secondary School age. Includes lots of information and advice about Online Bullying.
Internet Matters – http://internetmatters.org
Tonnes of advice for families on how to use the internet safely. They have help sheets on devices and how to control their internet access.
Common Sense Media – http://www.commonsensemedia.org
This site categorises a very wide range of media including films, computer games and books. It gives recommended ages and a review of why they give the rating and what to watch out for. A great resource to turn to before watching a film or giving a game.
South West Grid for Learning – Online Safety Resources – http://swgfl.org.uk/products-services/esafety/resources
Advice for schools and parents. They have checklists on a range of social media sites with advice on how to stay safe online.
Digitally Confident – http://www.digitallyconfident.org
This site includes information and resources for families to help all ages become more confident online.
Get Safe Online – http://www.getsafeonline.org
Learn about the risks of online life and understand the urgency of protecting your family.
Net Aware – https://www.net-aware.org.uk/
Guide to social networks and apps that children use.
Be Internet Awesome – https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/en
Games and information to help children learn how to behave safely online
NOV 2020 NEW VIDEO FROM PARENT ZONE AND GOOGLE – https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/en_uk/parents/adventure(opens in a new tab).
A direct link to Google Interland – https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/en_uk/interland
Let’s Talk About It – https://www.ltai.info/staying-safe-online/
provides advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
Lucy Faithfull Foundation StopItNow resource can be used by parents and carers who are concerned about someone’s behaviour, including children who may be displaying concerning sexual behaviour (not just about online)
Net-aware provides support for parents and carers from the NSPCC and O2, including a guide to social networks, apps and games
Parentzone provides help for parents and carers on how to keep their children safe online
Parent info from Parentzone and the National Crime Agency provides support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
Remote control of children’s devices and phones:
Google – https://families.google.com/families
Qustodio – https://www.qustodio.com/
UK Online Safety Centre’s Advice
“What to do if your child sees something upsetting online” is a post which has some great tips for how to talk to your child and deal with something which has gone wrong!
Safer Internet Day 2023
Download parent resources from https://www.saferinternetday.org/home