If you’re wondering how you can help your children to enjoy the internet and keep them safe at the same time, you’re certainly not alone. Many parents find it a challenge. But with toddlers taking to touch screens like ducks to water and so many education and entertainment opportunities online, it’s vital that you take action early on. By setting boundaries and offering support from the moment they first log on, you can help your children to thrive in the digital world.

Parents/Carers need to be aware of ever changing new technologies and trends in order to better educate our children how to protect themselves.   We have gathered information on this reference page for you to browse expert websites for the latest updates, watch a few of the eSafety awareness videos and explore technology articles below.  If any of these raise concerns you’d like to know more about, then please do come along to one of our Online Safety: Keeping Your Child(ren) Safe in this Digital Age” parent presentations.

“How do we safeguard our children and guide them to become web-SMART?

Please open the 6 sub-heading menus by clicking on the +  symbol for additional information and browse through links, videos and documents provided below. Thank you!

Haven’t got time to browse through everything and want to go to one site, then click on the Childnet International UK Safer Internet Centre.

UK Safer Internet Centre: The European Commission appointed UK Safer Internet Centre is made up of three partners; Childnet International, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation. Together we raise awareness about internet safety, develop information materials and resources and organise high profile events such as Safer Internet Day. You can access a range of resources from across the UK, Europe and wider afield at www.saferinternet.org.uk/parents.
UK Safer Internet Centre: Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working in partnership with others around the world to help make the internet a great and safe place for children. The Childnet website hosts all the online resources detailed below, as well as a number of recommended resources for young people, parents, carers and teachers. The Parents and Carers area also contains key advice, information on reporting and detailed information on a range of e-safety topics in the Hot topics section. www.childnet.com
South West Grid for Learning: The South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) is a not for profit, charitable trust dedicated to the advancement of education through information and communication technologies. They provide safe, supported broadband internet, teaching and learning services for 2,500 schools in the South West of England and e-safety education and training regionally, nationally and internationally. They provide professionals, parents and children with advice, resources and support to use internet technologies safely to enhance learning and maximise potential. www.swgfl.org.uk
Internet Watch Foundation: The Internet Watch Foundation 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. The IWF works in partnership with the online industry, law enforcement, government, and international partners. It is a charity and a self-regulatory body with over 100 Members from the online industry. www.iwf.org.uk
Safer Internet Day: Celebrated globally every year, Safer Internet Day offers the opportunity offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together and play their part for a better internet. Ultimately, a better internet is up to us! www.saferinternetday.org.uk

The internet is an integral part of children’s lives, enabling them to undertake research for school projects, develop problem solving skills through strategy adventure games and access information, which allows the opportunity to learn from the wide variety of material and games available on the internet.

Setting some family safeguards and agreeing eSafety rules will help children understand the importance of keeping safe and ensure they know they can always talk to you or a trusted adult, such as a teacher, if they see anything that makes them feel uncomfortable.

• It is advised for parent/carers to locate the computer children have access to in a family area, not a bedroom, to supervise children as they learn what “appropriate use” really means.
• It is recommend a responsible adult sets their browser home page to a recommended ‘Safe Search Engine‘ and checks websites to ensure they are age and content appropriate.  Child friendly search engines apply higher level filtering systems to help you safeguard your child at home, however no site is guaranteed ‘safe’.  Such as; nICE for Primary Schools, Primary School ICT, Pics4Learning, or CBBC Safe Search (only searches approved BBC content)
• Browser Settings; Pay particular attention to image advertisements as they can change each time the web page is accessed, and for this reason parents and carers are advised to set the security levels within a browser, such as Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, with appropriate levels of security.
• For secure online learning environments, such as username membership sites, please set the url site address as a ‘Trusted Site’ (security settings) in your browser’s Tools/Internet Options.
•What may be considered a safe site today might not be tomorrow.  NSPCC Net Aware is your online guide to the social networks your kids use, visit it periodically to keep up to date with the latest digital trends to keep you child safe in today’s online world.  Parent Info provides expert information from CEOP and Parent Zone on a range of topics, such as Under 13s and Social Media and vLogging (making video blogs, known as ‘vlogs’ on YouTube).

Supporting Young People Online: A free guide created by Childnet providing Information and advice for parents and carers on supporting young people online. The advice is also available in 12 additional languages including Arabic, Hindi, Polish, Spanish, Urdu and Welsh. www.childnet.com/resources/supporting-young-people-online
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. www.saferinternet.org.uk/fostering-adoption
Keeping Young Children Safe Online: Children love using technology and are learning to navigate websites, online games and consoles, and touch screen technology like iPads and smartphones from a younger and younger age. This advice contains top tips for parents and carers for keeping young children safe online.
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 cyberbullying, inappropriate content or illegal behaviour. www.saferinternet.org.uk/need-help
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP): A police agency tackling child abuse on the internet. This website includes a unique facility that enables parents and young people to make reports of actual or attempted abuse online. Screen Shot 2016-01-31 at 11.11.57www.ceop.police.uk CEOP’s website contains information for children and parents, as well as a link for children to report abuse online. www.thinkuknow.co.uk
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. www.iwf.org.uk
NSPCC: If you have concerns about the safety of a child then contact the NSPCC hScreen Shot 2016-01-31 at 11.11.00elpline on 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk. Children can talk to someone for advice and support at any time by contacting ChildLine on 0800 1111 or chatting to a counsellor online at www.childline.org.uk
Family Lives: A national family support charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life. Useful advice and information is available online at www.familylives.org.uk and they provide a free confidential helpline on 0808 800 2222.
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. www.report-it.org.uk
Screen Shot 2016-02-01 at 11.40.16 A recent campaign called Internet Matters funded by four of the UK’s leading Internet Service Providers (ISPs) – BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media –  provides guidance covering the introduction of their ‘whole-home’ parental controls. www.internetmatters.org/Setting up ‘Parental Controls’ to help prevent age inappropriate content being accessed in the home and on mobile devices.
 SmartPhone & Tablet Settings  https://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/smartphones-and-other-devices/ Children are using devices at a younger age so it’s important to consider setting controls on their tech, or on any devices that you are letting them borrow from you. The Internet Matters team have pulled together a number of guides to give you simple steps to set controls on a range of devices.
 Screen Shot 2016-02-01 at 11.41.19  www.vodafone.com/content/parents/howto-guides.htmlVodaphone’s Parents has the most comprehensive set of parental control step by step instructions, and up to date guidance support websites that I can highly recommend. Please do read their quarterly ‘Digital Parenting’ magazine, I’ll be shocked if you aren’t amazed by some of the articles – quite enlightening! The ‘Get Started checklist by age page is essential to help parents establish reasonable boundaries and guidance from as early as under 5’s; moving on to 6 to 9’s, 10 to 12’s and 13+ age groups.
 Screen Shot 2016-02-01 at 11.41.43 NSPCC Net Aware is your online guide to the social networks your kids use, visit it periodically to keep up to date with the latest digital trends to keep you child safe in today’s online world.
 Screen Shot 2016-02-01 at 11.42.18  Parent Info provides expert information from CEOP and Parent Zone on a range of topics, such as Under 13s and Social Media and vLogging (making video blogs, known as ‘vlogs’ on YouTube).


Our recommendation is to return here periodically and revisit the above websites to keep up to date with changing digital trends and parental guidance.  Although any help guide and pdf information sheet can be out of date within mere weeks of publishing with many hand-held devices, gaming console or social networking sites updating their services so frequently, we have compiled several rather informative, such as ‘How to …. Parental Guides’.  Please click here to visit our documents library’s eSafety category documentation.

ParentControlDocsClick here to visit our eSafety – parents and carers guidance document information.
Please be aware no sooner will a factsheet be published, e.g. Facebook Privacy Settings, than potentially a month later an update has run and instructions maybe out of date.  All documentation is correct at the time of publishing, but we urge you to use the supplier and eSafety provider guidance website links provided above to regularly keep yourself informed how to best safeguard your child.

Most of us are on the Internet on a daily basis and whether we like it or not, the Internet is affecting us.  It changes how we think, we work, and it even changes our brains.

What the Internet is doing to our brains.

This 4 minute video shows an interview with Nicholas Carr, the author of, "The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains", about how it is influencing us, our creativity, our thought processes, our ideas, and how we think.

Smartphone & Tablet Health Check for kids

Check kids devices are set up safe If your child already has a smartphone or tablet or, you’re planning to get them one, see our 5 top tips to make sure it’s set up to give them a safer online experience.

Child Exploitation & Online Protection (CEOP); The Parents’ and Carers’ Guide to the Internet.

This 26 minute video has been created to provide a light hearted (the first section is a little 'tongue in cheek'), building to a more realistic look at what it takes to be a better online parent.

Covering topics such as, talking to your child about the technologies they use.  With interviews from leading experts such as, Professor Tanya Byron, Dr Linda Papadopouls and Reg Bailey, as well as key industry players from Facebook, Club Penguin and Moshi Monsters.

This online video guide is part of our parents Online Safety presentation, please refer to the parental control and additional handouts in our school documents library!

Animal Magic; Online friends. (5-7yrs)

Meet Lee and Kim; Lee loves to play a game called 'Animal Magic' on his computer. Kim likes to watch her older brother to meet and see all the animals in the game.  They have a great time playing with the animals, chatting with the people behind the masks, but sometimes online friends say mean things and some people might not be who they say they are!

Superhero SID teaches children how to stay safe on the internet.

What online games do your children play that uses characters to chat with, do you know how to block nasties?

CEOP; Jigsaw C

 This 9 minute video is a story about a young girl who likes to use social networking sites.  Becky has her own profile where she shared everything about herself, what she enjoys and lots of photos of her and her friends.

What simple steps should Becky have taken to better safeguard her 'digital life'?

Newsround; Caught In the Web (9-11yrs)

This 15 minute video is voiced by David Tennant, it tells the story of a girl called Lonely Princess, who gets into danger after meeting someone in a chatroom.

It also has lots of tips on how to be safe, and case studies of children with real-life experiences of how things can go wrong. Cyberbullying, Gaming Addiction, Grooming ...

Cyberbullying; ‘Let’s Fight it Together’ (Transition 11-13 yrs)

A very thought provoking 15 minute film.  The parts in this film were played by actors as an honest portrayal as 38% of young people have been affected by cyber bullying,  NSPCC 2013 statistics

For more information on this topic visit Kidscape, the first charity in the UK established specifically to prevent cyberbullying and targeted abuse.

Visit the Young Minds parents advice website if you are concerned your child might be affected by cyberbullying.

Cyber Grooming (content age appropriate)

Click here to visit ThinkUKnow Grooming; Primary website for more information and parental guidance.

Grooming is a process of manipulating a child to gain control over them; as a parent or carer you should be approachable so that if your child is concerned about something, they know they can talk to you. Sadly, it is important that children understand that people like this exist and that they should never do anything online or offline that they are uncomfortable with.

Let your child know that you are always there for support, afterall you understand how easy it can be to get into difficulties online. Get them to talk to you if anyone makes inappropriate/ sexual comments and ensure they know that, no matter what’s happened, you are there to help.


MAKE the most of tools like Parental Controls on computers, mobiles and games consoles, privacy features on social networking sites, and safety options on Google and other search engines, why not visit Google’s Family Safety Centre website for lots more information.

Many of the advice and guides were created for Safer Internet Day, which is coordinated by the UK Safer Internet Centre. We would like to thank Childnet.com for generously granted permission to use their Parent Factsheet information on our school website.