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Advice for parents and guardians

The internet can be a valuable resource for children, allowing them to connect with friends and learn new things, but there are also risks when going online, and children can be particularly vulnerable.

Talking to your child is one of the best ways to keep them safe online.

By understanding the risks and keeping yourself up-to-date on the latest technology, websites and social networks you can help your child enjoy the internet safely and securely.

For further help and advice, please click on the links to our partners websites, where you will find additional help and support. We are proud to be working alongside a range of charities on this important subject.

NSPCC
 
NSPCC
nspcc.org.uk
Bullying UK
 
Cyberbullying UK
bullying.co.uk
Kooth
 
Kooth
kooth.com
Internet matters
 
Internet Matters
internetmatters.org
Kidscape
 
Kidscape
kidscape.org
Mumsnet
 
Mumsnet
mumsnet.com

Help protect your children online

  • Keep computers and games consoles in family rooms where you can monitor activity, also make sure the games your child plays online are age appropriate.
  • Install parental control software or activate parental controls through your Internet to prevent access to inappropriate content.
  • 'friend' or 'follow' your child on social networking sites, so you can see how they are using them.
  • Check they are old enough to join any websites or social networks with age restrictions.
  • Advise your child not to post personal information or any images they wouldn't want everyone to see.
  • Avoid using webcams unless talking to close friends or family and consider covering it when not in use.
  • Monitor their usage and be watchful for any secretive behaviour.
  • Encourage your child to be open about what they do online and who they talk to.

Further advice is available for parents and carers of children at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/444865/Advice_for_parents_on_cyberbullying.pdf