The In the Know project provides parents and carers with key information to help young people keep safe online. It’s collection of guides covers what all parents and carers should know about the most popular social media and gaming apps children are using today.
Each guide includes a detailed overview of the app, outlining the age rating and key terminology parents and carers should know. The guide also highlights the risks each app poses to young people and gives detailed instructions on how to enable parental controls and safety settings.
Here is a selection of the most useful and authoritative web sites offering guidance for parents about safe Internet usage by their children.
Wales’ online portal supporting learners, parents/carers and School with online safety, providing a range of resources and links to access support and guidance to help keep safe online. Hwb is a website and collection of online tools provided to all schools in Wales by the Welsh Government.
Report Harmful Content
Uses over 13 years old can report harmful content through ReportHarmfulContent.com a new service that enables everyone to report harmful content online. This national reporting centre has been designed to assist the reporting of:
Bullying and Harassment
Self-harm or Suicide Content
Unwanted Sexual Advances
So you got naked online
This resource is the only post-sexting advice available. Non-judgementally it tries to help a young person after an incident.
CEOP – Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
CEOP works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main on-line threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. They seek to protect children from harm online and offline, working with the National Crime Agency and in partnership with local and international agencies. You can use the website to make a report to one of CEOP’s Child Protection Advisors
Thinkuknow is an education programme for parents/carers from the CEOP. Thinkuknow keeps children and young people safe by providing education about sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.
Get Safe Online is a public / private sector partnership supported by HM Government with information on online safety, providing practical advice on how to protect yourself, your computers and mobiles device a against fraud, identity theft, viruses and other problems encountered online
Childnet offers practical internet safety information and resources for schools, young people and parents/carers. This site offers information, advice and resources in an informal and accessible style, especially aimed at young people and parents/carers.
The Digizen website provides information for educators, parents, carers, and young people. It is used to strengthen their awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is and encourages users of technology to be and become responsible DIGItal citiZENS. It shares specific advice and resources on issues such as social networking and cyberbullying and how these relate to and affect their own and other people’s online experiences and behaviours.
Launched in 2014, and supported by NSPCC, FOSI, Childnet, ThinkUKnow, PitDA, CEOP, Family Lives, Ofcom, BT, Sky, Vodafone, TalkTalk, Virgin, and offering useful resources to help parents and carers make informed choices about their children’s online safety. Issues covered include inappropriate content, cyberbullying, online grooming, sexting and online reputation.
Provides parents and teachers with practical tools to help them choose what content their children see online. Look out for the video tips on how to set up safe searching on Google and YouTube. Note that each of the search engines e.g. Yahoo, Virgin, Bing! etc, have their own internet safety pages. You can search for these from the home page.
Our general Information Technology Advice for Parents