The internet is of course hugely fun and educational but can also lead to problems. Some children may run into difficulties with social media or online bullying, others may become addicted to gaming. We've selected a range of some of the best resources both for parents and for young people below. See resources on online bullying here
THINKUKNOW: Parental controls, how to stay safe online, online pornography, worried who your child might be talking to online and more
Resources for children in different age groups as well as parents and carers. Most schools will be covering this extensively but these websites can reinforce those messages or help parents be up-to-date. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk
Social media and teenagers: a practical approach. Excellent downloadable (or read on-line) booklet looking at problems with internet use in young people, offering common sense advice. It's an easy read and gives a balanced view. https://www.cwmt.org.uk/resources
NSPCC Information on parental controls, online pornography and what risks may be associated with games like minecraft or streaming. You can even book an appointment with someone in an O2 store to help you set up parental controls for free. See what's on offer here
Teenagers and pornography- young people discuss pornography, fantasy vs reality and how it can impact them. Might be a useful video to signpost your teenager to but probably not watch together!
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An excellent site which will keep you up to date with safety issues with whatever games, social media and Apps your child is using e.g.Instagram, Snapchat, Minecraft and Fortnite including age ratings. https://www.net-aware.org.uk
National Online Safety detailed information on games and social media for parents and schools e.g snapchat, tictoc, kik, FIFA, youtube, instagram, grand theft auto and many more. The downloadable posters make it particularly good for use in schools. There are also tips on strating up a conversation with your child. To click straight to the parents guides follow this link