While there are huge benefits to being online in order to stay connected to friends and family, it's important to have regular conversations with your children about staying safe online and encouraging them to talk to you if they see anything worrying.
What harms might my child experience online?
You may have concerns about specific harms that your children experience online including: abuse, criminal exploitation, exposure to radicalising content, consensual and non-consensual sharing of images/videos, cyber-bullying, exposure to age-inappropriate content and harmful content.
Where can I go for help?
These resources will support you to talk to your child about a range of online safety issues, set up home filtering in a child-friendly way and set up age-appropriate parental controls on digital devices:
- Thinkuknow resources for parents and carers and children of all ages to help keep children safe online
- Childnet has developed guidance for parents and carers to begin a conversation about online safety, as well as guidance on keeping under-fives safe online
- Parent Info has support and guidance for parents and carers related to the digital world from leading experts and organisations
- NSPCC also has guidance for parents and carers to help keep children safe online
- UK Safer Internet Centre gives tips and advice for parents and carers to keep children safe online - you can also report any harmful content found online through the UK Safer Internet Centre
Guides for social media
Guides for online mental health, wellbeing and advice
Guides for online gaming