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National Online Safety Website

The National Online Safety website can be accessed as a free subscription for parents.

If parents create a free account they will still have access to a number of useful resources that parents can access including:

  • NOS courses for parents
  • A4 guides to explain and support parents. There are a massive number of guides which are all well presented and would allow parents to talk through the guides with children. There is a large range of content including information around setting up devices, web browsing, gaming, social media and remote learning, see the downloads section at the bottom of this page.
  • For younger children the parents section also contains a storybook called Oscar’s Adventures in the Online World which can be downloaded and shared with children.

If parents prefer all of the content can be accessed through an app on a mobile phone which is available on the Apple App Store or Google Play.

National Online Safety

Gaming

The following websites offer advice on games and how to check if they are appropriate for your child:

Ask About Games

PEGI helps parents to make informed decisions when buying video games

Common Sense Media reviews games

Childnet

Childnet has developed guidance for parents and carers to begin a conversation about online safety. The website contains sections for young people (primary and secondary) as well parents and teachers.

Childnet

Parentinfo

Parent Info is a collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP, providing support and guidance for parents and carers related to the digital world from leading experts and organisations.

Parent Info

The site contains a range of articles that may support parents which includes topics around online safety.

Screen time: should I be worried?

The 6 apps and services that every parent should know about

The UK Safer Internet Centre

UK Safer Internet Centre provides tips and advice for parents and carers to keep children safe online – you can also report any harmful content found online through the UK Safer Internet Centre.

UK Safer Internet Centre

Thinkuknow

Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline. The site includes six Thinkuknow websites for advice about staying safe when you’re on a phone, tablet or computer. 

Thinkuknow

The parents’ part of the website contains content for parents to read if they are concerned about their child’s online activities. It also contains a range of videos that parents can watch
and discuss with their children along with activity packs that parents and children can work through together.

#AskTheAwkward

#AskTheAwkward is a campaign by Think U Know that aims to help Parents and Carers have regular conversations with their children about online relationships and more.

Young people want their Parents and Carers to have everyday conversations with them about relationships. This includes being aware of the positive opportunities technology provides for their social and romantic lives. Talking regularly with your child about relationships and sex can help develop shared understanding, trust and support between you. Talk little. Talk often. Ask The Awkward.

The Ask The Awkward campaign provides and introduction on asking the awkward including how to start and some help sheets including topics to talk about and how to approach topics. Their website also includes videos of Parents/Carers and their children asking the awkward through making connections, building trust, and facing challenges

#AskTheAwkward

Parentsafe - Keeping your children safe: online & beyond

It's never easy to know how to keep children safe when they aren't at home, and sometimes even when they are, if you don't know what's happening in their lives or on their devices.

Who are they talking to, what are they doing, are they okay? If you need help to find some answers, this website offers lots of help and advice.

DigiSafe

The Lucy Faith Full Foundation - Helping Prevent Child Sexual Abuse 

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation offer a confidential helpline, live chat and secure messaging service for anyone with concerns about child sexual abuse and its prevention – whether they’re worried about their own thoughts, feelings and behaviour, or about another adult or young person.

Callers do not need to give identifying information, so can remain anonymous. They speak to thousands of people every year, and help them take action to protect children and young people from sexual abuse and exploitation.

Useful information, resources and support are available on the website.

0808 1000 900

ACT Early Campaign

The ACT Early campaign is aimed as parents, carers, family and friends in raising awareness and vigilance about the signs of radicalisation and seeking advice whenever concerns are raised.

Two animated 2-minute explainer films about Prevent are now available on the ACT Early website here and here which provide an introduction to Prevent and the work of Prevent Officers.

Online Sexual Harassment and Keeping Children Safe Online Guide

The Government’s Children’s Commissioner has launched a guide for parents and carers on online sexual harassment and how they can support children to stay safe online.

“The Things I Wish My Parents Had Known” draws together advice from 16 to 21 year olds on how parents should manage tricky conversations around sexual harassment and access to inappropriate content.

A surprising but overriding message from young people is that parents should start these challenging conversations early. They suggest broaching topics before a child is given a phone or a social media account, which is often around the age of 9 or 10.

The guide, which can be viewed below, serves as a useful starting point to raise awareness and understanding of online harassment.

A Guide for Parents

Documents

Page Downloads Date  
Instagram 06th Jun 2022 Download
Snapchat 06th Jun 2022 Download
TikTok 06th Jun 2022 Download
Online Content 06th Jun 2022 Download
Remote Education 06th Jun 2022 Download
Supporting Mental Health 06th Jun 2022 Download