Online Safety

The Internet can open up a whole world of possibilities but it’s important to keep yourself and your family safe online. To view resources and information for children, parents, carers and teachers, please visit the following websites.

Online resources to keep you safe

BBC website - The BBC provides a range of information about the laws that protect you and your data online as well as content on online security and safety both for adults and children. 

Cyber Aware - A government produced site that provides information about how you can protect yourself as well as your device, data and business online by being cyber aware.

Get Safe Online - Guidelines to protect both yourself and your business online with information on securing your computer, safeguarding children and using social media safely. 

Online resources for parents and carers

A parents’ guide to technology - The UK Safer Internet Centre has created this guide to answer commonly asked questions and introduce some of the most popular devices used by children, highlighting the safety tools available and empowering parents with the knowledge they need to support their children to use these technologies safely and responsibly. 

Internet parental controls - The four big internet providers – BT, Sky, Talk Talk and Virgin Media – provide their customers with free parental controls that can be activated at any time. Video tutorials on how to download and use these controls are available on the UK Safer Internet Centre website. 

Social network checklists - Free guides produced by the UK Safer Internet Centre that contains detailed instructions and information on privacy and account settings on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.

Supporting children and young people online -  A wide range of resources ranging from information about mobiles, online gaming, downloading, social networking and much more.

Information and advice for foster carers/adoptive parents - The UK Safer Internet Centre has worked together with Islington Council to create leaflets for foster carers and adoptive parents. The leaflets, which are free to download and easy to print, include top tips and conversation starters to help foster carers and adoptive parents get to grips with internet safety.

Where to report / get help

Need help? - Information about what to do if a child comes to you for help and advice about how to report online concerns such as cyber-bullying, inappropriate content or illegal behaviour.

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) - A police agency tackling child abuse on the internet. This web site includes a unique facility that enables parents and young people to make reports of actual or attempted abuse online.

Think U Know - This website contains information for children and parents, as well as a link for children to report abuse online.

Internet Watch Foundation - Part of the UK Safer Internet Centre, the IWF is the UK’s hotline for reporting illegal content found on the internet. It deals specifically with child abuse and criminally obscene images hosted in the UK and internationally.

NSPCC - The NSPCC has partnered with O2 to provide an online safety helpline for parents and carers to answer questions and address concerns about a child’s online safety – 0808 800 5000. 

Childline - Children can chat to a counsellor online or talk to someone for advice and support at any time by contacting Childline on 0800 1111. 

True Vision - Online content which incites hatred on the grounds of race, religion and sexual orientation can be reported to True Vision; a UK website set up to tackle all forms of hate crime, including those on the grounds of disability and transgender identity.

Content taken from UK Safer Internet Centre ‘Information and online resources’ Factsheet.

Last updated: 08 February 2017 09:22:24