Online safety support and guidance

While there are huge benefits to being online, particularly over the last couple of years, we are also aware of the challenges that parents face in keeping their children safe in the ever-changing online environment.

The links below are there to support you in creating a safe online environment for your child.

It is important to:

  • Talk to your child regularly about staying safe online, encourage open communication, so they feel confident to approach you if they come across any worrying content
  • Support your child to create a safe online environment, this includes supporting them to keep their passwords safe

You can report harmful online content by clicking on this button (this service is provided by the UK Safer Internet Centre).

SWGfL Report Harmful Content

Has a nude picture of your child been posted online? This page will help you have this image removed from the internet:

https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/online-mobile-safety/remove-nude-image-shared-online/

Online safety guidance for parents

Government Guidance (22nd February 2021)https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid19-keeping-children-safe-online/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-parents-and-carers-to-keep-children-safeonline
Internet Matters
a one-stop-shop for parents: online issues, advice by age, setting controls, guides and resources
https://www.internetmatters.org
Childnet (includes guidance in different languages)https://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers
South West Grid for Learninghttps://swgfl.org.uk/coronavirus-guidance-and-resources/
https://swgfl.org.uk/magazine/what-you-need-to-know-professionals-and-parents/
CEOPhttps://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
National Cyber Security Centrehttps://www.ncsc.gov.uk/section/information-for/individuals-families
(March 2021) lots of resources around screen time and restrictions, wellbeing, parental controls, family fun… https://families.google/
IWF campaign to raise awareness of self-generated contenthttps://talk.iwf.org.uk
Resources for girlshttps://gurlsoutloud.com/

Reviewing apps and games

https://www.taminggaming.com and https://www.commonsensemedia.org/ and https://www.internetmatters.org/resources/apps-guide/

Squid Game – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-58958698 and https://www.commonsensemedia.org/tv-reviews/squid-game/user-reviews/adult https://www.askaboutgames.com/

Reporting a problem

A national reporting centre (run by the UK Safer Internet Centre) for harmful content online https://reportharmfulcontent.com/
Internet Watch Foundation (UK Hotline) for reporting illegal content online – child sexual abuse images https://www.iwf.org.uk/
How to report suspicious emails (NCSC) 
Report remove tool for nude images (under 18) 

Other useful resources/research

Ofcom – children’s media use and attitudes report (April 2022)

Ofcom – seven tips to stay connected 

Ofcom – weekly research on how people are receiving and acting on information during the pandemic 

Online Safety: Resources and useful links February 2022 karl@esafetyltd.co.uk

Mental Health Foundation – talking to your children about scary world news 

Over 100 research summaries from the UKCIS evidence group 

The Power of Image Report (Safer Internet Day 2017) 

Digital friendships report (Safer Internet Day 2018) 

Our Internet Our Choice – Consent in a Digital World (Safer Internet Day 2019) 

deShame –  (young people’s experience of sexual harassment online)

Disrupted childhood report  

BBC3 Online pain challenges

YouTube

YouTube 

5 Rights 

 

Age appropriate design code (ICO) https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisations/guide-to-data-protection/key-data-protection-themes/ageappropriate-design-a-code-of-practice-for-online-services-2-1.pdf