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Online Safety

This section looks at the help and information available to keep children and young people safe while using the internet, apps and social media sites.

Many parents have concerns over internet safety, however, there are practical steps that parents can take to guide children on how to use the internet safely. For a range of tips for parents and carers to help protect children and young people see Staying Safe Online

Children A section for 5, 6 and 7 year olds which shows how to have fun and how to be careful online with fun games and cartoons. A section for 8 to 10 year olds showing how to have fun, to stay in control, how to report and have fun in the Cyber Cafe A children's activity zone that looks at tips to stay safe and has fun videos, games and quizzes.

Young People 11 to 13 years old: If you need help, advice or have a question  thinkuknow will give you information and support. 14 years plus - Sex. Relationships. The Internet - help and advice to make these three things less complicated Having a mobile phone and going online is great for lots of reasons. But it's important to be aware of the dangers too. Learn how to stay safe online.  A site for young people aged 11-18 to find top tips, competitions, blogs and advice to help you to use the internet safely, responsibly and positively.  

Parents and Carers

The government provide a practical guide for parents and carers whose children are using social media

Net-aware Your guide to the social networks your child uses.

NSPCC Online-safety The NSPCC and O2 have teamed up to keep children safe when using the internet Social networks, apps games and more. Learn how set up parental controls, talk to your children about staying safe online, and sign up to Icebreaker emails giving you tips, advice and activities to help you have conversations with your child about staying safe online.

Thinkuknow for parents  Learn more about keeping your child safe, the risks and what to do if you have concerns. 

Thinkuknow for teachers The CEOP Command’s Thinkuknow programme provides resources, training and support for professionals who work directly with children and young people.

Childnet Whether you’re puzzled by parental controls or would like to know more about gaming, this site can help. It can sometimes be challenging to keep up to speed with what children and young people are doing online. This site looks at ways to keep your child safe.

Tutura has created a guide to support parents with online safety.