Worried or Upset?
If something that has happened to you on the internet has upset you, you can call Childline’s free 24-hour helpline on
Or visit the website:
Digital Parenting is full of useful advice on how to protect children, and the whole family, when online and using social media.
Surfing the Internet can be great fun, but here are some SMART rules that will keep you safe while you surf:
SAFE - Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information such as your name, e-mail address, home addrss, phone number or school name to people who you don't trust online.
MEETING - Someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents' or carers' permission and even then only when they can be present.
ACCEPTING - e-mails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don't know or trust can lead to problems - they may contain viruses or nasty messages.
RELIABLE - Someone online may be lying about who they are, and information you find on the internet may not be reliable.
TELL - your parents, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried. You can report online abuse to the Police at http://www.thinyouknow.co.uk
Internet Safety Websites
Here are some useful websites with information on internet safety for children and adults:
Think U Know is aimed at children aged 5 and above as well as parents and teachers. It covers texting and online activities. From the Police Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.
BBC Online Safety aims to help you use the internet in a safe way. It links to sites that are kept up to date with useful information, along with explanations and helpful hints for you and your family to get the most out of the internet.
Get Safe Online is a Government-backed internet safety website with comprehensive links to others.
Internet Matters is a campaign by the UK’s four biggest internet service providers to promote awareness of internet safety with links on how to set up the parental controls for every device a child could access the internet on in your home.
Children can be communicated with and groomed through any chat area and ROBLOX is a very popular game, so the chances are increased. Children need to know they should avoid chat areas and if this is not an option, they should not engage in personal conversations and report anyone contacting them inappropriately. Parents need to be aware of how to put restrictions in place on any app.
is a good source of information for teachers and parents.
Here are two search engines that use Google’s safe search, which helps to filter out inappropriate web sties, images and videos.
Here is a website that will help guide parents and children on how to be safe on the internet.
If you are 5,6 or 7 you probably like to use the computer for fun.
This website has been made to help you go on the internet in a safe way and know who to talk to if you are worried.
If you are between 8 and 10 you probably know a lot about using the internet.
This website has created what they think is good to look at and what's not and show you ways you can get yourself out of bad situations.
Effects of Screen Time on Young People's Wellbeing
A report published last week by South West Grid for Learning shows that many young people said, “Fear of Missing Out” (FOMO) is one of the main reasons they will spend “too much” time online. This report is the first in a series, titled Young People, Internet Use and Wellbeing in the UK and is compiled by Professor Andy Phippen from Plymouth University. The data is provided by more than 6,620 young people from year 4 to year 13 across over 100 schools in the UK. The full report can be downloaded here https://swgfl.org.uk/Uploads/9a/9a287121-2579-43bc-9bdd-fa8e0dac1603.pdf
Useful Guidance for Parents - FREE download
A useful leaflet for parents with brief guidance on apps, instant messaging, Live streaming, Gaming and Bullying. https://swgfl.org.uk/Uploads/85/85e59bf7-02c5-4773-bc48-9d7f21025ecd.pdf
It can be very hard for parents to monitor what their children are accessing. Sky, Talktalk, BT and Virgin have all added ways of parents being able to filter the content that is available to their children.
Click on their Logos below to be taken to their site explaining how to filter your internet so children can use it safely.
Other ways to protect yourself...
K9 Web Protection is a FREE PC Internet filter and parental control software for your home Windows or Mac computer. K9 puts YOU in control of the Internet so you can protect your children.
Xbox Parental Controls - Xbox includes parental controls that help you restrict your child’s ability to play inappropriate games and watch inappropriate DVD movies.
Sony Playstation Parental Controls - PS3 and PS4 system includes parental control settings that restrict the playing of content with parental control restrictions (such as game or video content) or the use of the Internet. You can adjust these settings so that content intended for mature audiences cannot be viewed by children.
Phones and Tablets
iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch - You can enable Restrictions, also known as parental controls, on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Restrictions strop you from using specific features and applications. Learn more about the types of Restrictions and how to enable or disable them on your device.
Android Base Phones and Tablets
Restrict app permissions and create a safe environment in Android 4.3 Jelly Bean