Children and young people spend a lot of time online. It can be a great way for them to socialise, explore and have fun, but children do also face risks like cyberbullying or seeing content that is inappropriate. Our online safety policy is available at the bottom of the page. You may find the following resources helpful:
Parental controls can help keep your child safe. Even the most innocent searches online can bring up not so innocent results. Parental controls can be used to block upsetting or harmful content. They can also help to control online purchases or manage how long your child spends online. The NSPCC have made setting up parental controls really easy:
NSPCC Guide to Setting Up Parental Controls
Online platforms may be used to target the vulnerable.
Further information can be found Let’s Talk About It
A guide to social networks, apps and games. This site is produced by the NSPCC and O2. They also run an advice line that you can access even if you are not an O2 customer. The number is 0808 800 5002 and you can call for practical advice on privacy settings, parental controls and more.
Nottinghamshire Police recommend this site, which contains expert information and advice for parents on keeping their children safe online.
www.getsafeonline.org/safeguarding-children(opens in new tab)
Videos and information for parents and children on what’s new in technology and how to stay safe.
A site that helps parents keep their child safe online.
The latest tips, advice and resources to help children and young people have a safe and positive time online.
If you’re worried about online abuse or the way someone has been communicating online, let CEOP know.
This can be something that has taken place either online or in ‘the real world’, or both. The CEOP Safety Centre has clear information and advice on what can be reported to CEOP, the reporting process and what will happen if you do decide to make a report.
There is also advice for parents on keeping children safe when they are online.
Useful advice on how parents and carers can “stay switched on” to online dangers when their children are playing Fortnite.
ChildLine has developed an app for young people, which is designed to help them diffuse pressures on them to send an explicit image. The app, called Zipit, offers witty images to send instead of explicit ones and provides advice on how to engage is safe chat and what to do if you’re threatened.