You can use your computer, laptop, tablet or ipad, or mobile phone for lots of fun things and to make lots of new friends from all over the world. This section of our website aims to provide both parents and children with advice on how to be safe and responsible when using the Internet.
Top Tips to talk about with your child
- Always ask a grown up before you use the Internet. They can help you find the best thing to do.
- Don’t tell strangers where you live, your phone number or where you go to school. Only your friends and family need to know that.
- Don’t send pictures to people you don’t know. You don’t want strangers looking at photos of you, your friends or your family.
- Tell a grown-up if you feel scared or unhappy about anything. ‘Childline’ is confidential and free for children to call: 0800 1111
Help and Advice
If you would like to talk to someone else, you can go to the Advice Help and Report Centre on the CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) website: Safety Centre
Here are some links where you will be able to find more advice:
Get safety advice from NSPCC. Teach your child to be ‘share aware’!
UK Safer Internet Centre
This website has resources for parents and carers to help keep children safe online, including guides on safety tools for social networks and parental controls offered by internet service providers, advice on screen time, and ideas for ‘conversation starters’.
To find out what children are doing and the risks they may face, please download the Primary School Guide.
The website has guidance for parents of children of different ages. You can click here to find the information that is more relevant to your child:
To help you to share your children’s moments safely, you can download Sharenting-kids-milestone-moments-safely.
To help children to understand what is good behaviour online, please read Internet Manners.
Child Net has lots of information to help parents to keep children safe online, including a section about ‘hot topics’, including digital wellbeing, screen time, and cyberbullying. Please read about Supporting-Young-People-Online
Parent Info provides information about topics such as wellbeing, resilience, Internet safety, relationships and body image.
The Key – Safeguarding Training Centre
This is a safeguarding hub that allows parents to access interactive guidance on setting up parental controls on their child’s devices, as well as guidance on apps like TikTok, YouTube and Instagram and more.
Think U Know
The Think U Know website will help you go on the Internet in a safe way and gives advice to children about who to talk to if they are worried. You can also find out about Lee & Kim’s adventures or watch Hector and his friends learning to use computers safely! Please visit each class to download a home activity sheet appropriate to your child’s age.
Be Smart be cool – Be smart online. Visit the KidSMART website and learn more about being a SMART surfer. Learn the SMART Rules with the SMART Crew and tell someone if something goes wrong online. Download a Kid’s Smart Poster
Please read a Government publication with guidance for parents and carers of children who are using social media: Online Safety Social Media Guidance
As of May 2018, WhatsApp’s minimum age of use is 16 years old.
This is a chat service designed for gamers.
The Ask about Games website provides information about video games and guidance on how to set parental controls on games consoles to help ensure that play is safe for children.
You can also download our list of the PEGI age ratings here:
Click on the image to see a parents’ guide to ‘Fortnite‘.
Many children like to watch videos on YouTube. Please download our YouTube Safety Factsheet to find out how to avoid inappropriate content. The minimum age to create a YouTube account in order to upload videos is 13 years old. Please read our YouTube advice and go to their Help Centre for further guidance.