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Online Safety – (Parents)


The NSPCC have a free telephone helpline that parents can call (08088005002) if they want to talk to someone about online safety. The website also contains some helpful information about the latest apps, setting up parental controls and social networking behaviours.

Thinkuknow provide advice for parents regarding keeping children safe online. The website also has some specific advice for adoptive parents.

Nude Selfies: What parents and carers need to know – Advice aimed at parents/carers about the sharing of sexual images including four films can be downloaded from the Thinkuknow website.

Get Safe Online have, amongst other things, some useful checklists to download which can be used for different age groups.

ChildLine have created Zip-It, an app that provides witty comebacks in order to help young person say no to requests for naked images-

There is information on the ChildLine website for young people about sexting:

The Safer Internet Centre has produced resources called ‘So You Got Naked Online’ which help young people to handle incidents of sexting.

Families and screen time: Current advice and emerging advice provides an overview of advice for parents on how to manage their children’s use of digital media, drawing on the work of the Parenting for a Digital Future research as well as a literature review and mapping exercise of prominent sources of advice. Recommendations include: advice and resources for parents need to acknowledge the diversity of families; parents need concrete suggestions for how to use their digital expertise to engage with their children, not only to police them; safeguarding initiatives should concentrate resources on those that need them most.

Digital Awareness UK and the Girl’s Day School Trust have developed resources to help teachers develop their pupils’ understanding of online safety – both physical safety and emotional wellbeing . Live My Digital is a series of 6 films for parents and 6 films for students on the following topics: Cyberbullying; The digital footprint; Identity and self-esteem; Relationships and grooming; Security and privacy; and Sexting.

Common Sense Media provide reviews of the latest apps which can be helpful in establishing potential risks in their use by children and young people.