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Online Safety Information for Parents


O2 and the NSPCC have teamed up to create a series of weekly emails packed full of useful info, advice and activities to bring you closer to their online world.

Each week they’ll help you approach a particular topic, and then give you all the info you need to have regular conversations with your children about staying safe online.

Well worth signing up.


The NSPCC and O2 have teamed up with their Share Aware campaign to help parents 'untangle the web' and to help children to become more 'share aware'. 


A new report from England's Children's Commissioner on the effects of social media on 8-to-12-year-olds. It shows the way children use social media and details how social media's effect on their well-being hits a ‘cliff edge’ when they start secondary school. Jan. 2018


Tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep your child safe online.


Common Sense Media provide lots of useful advice from educators, parents and experts across a wide range of subjects.  if you are looking to discuss something specific, you may get some good ideas in here.


Childnet's home page for parents and carers. Whether you’re puzzled by parental controls or would like to know more about gaming, this section can help.

Online Safety Tips for Children

Parental Controls

The above links to the Vodafone Digital Parenting magazine library.  At the back of each issue you can find articles on setting parental controls across a range of devices.  Updated each new issue.

Parental controls offered by your home internet provider.  How to set up filters on your home internet to help prevent age inappropriate content being accessed on devices in your home.

Another link from the Vodafone Digital Parenting site with information concerning many different of aspects of Digital Parenting, including feedback from experts and parents.

This is a guide from Andy Robertson (GeekDadGamer) which includes how to set up a parent account and child accounts on the new Playstation 5 console.

How to set parental controls on devices such as:

  • Android phones
  • Fire Tablet
  • iPads and iPhones
  • Microsoft devices (Windows computers and Xbox)
  • Nintendo Switch
  • PlayStation

Social Networks


The NSPCC's Share Aware and Net Aware pages. Help your child stay safe on social networks, apps and games. 


Find out more about the safety features available on popular social networks such as: Club Penguin, Facebook, Kik, Google+, Moshi Monsters, Snapchat, YouTube, WhatsApp, and more. 


The website has published guidance for parents who want to know more about Snapchat. 


A BBC report on the new Snapchat feature, Snap Map, warning parents that a new location-sharing feature in Snapchat could put children at risk. 


Facebook's parent portal 


Young people use Instagram to share images and videos; this guide gives advice on ways to stay safe if young people choose to use the app. 


Best 10 educational apps to keep your kids amused safely. 


TikTok app safety – What parents need to know 


TikTok app safety guide Practical advice for parents and young people


To help parents who’ve raised concerns that their children are receiving unsolicited messages on Wishbone app, have compiled expert tips on how to keep them safe on the app. 


WhatsApp – Guide for Parents and Carers. Caution is advised over your child’s digital footprint, particularly the content (photos, videos and messages) they choose to share via WhatsApp 


Yubo, formerly Yellow, is a social media app encouraging teens to find new friends by allowing them to swipe left or right to connect and live stream.  


As the multiplayer game Among Us gains popularity among children in the UK, this article outlines what it is, how it works and what you should watch out for to keep kids safe in the game. 


YouTube is a popular platform with both adults and young people. have created a guide to explain YouTube’s features as well as guidance on how to stay safe when using it.  


Another hub of online safety resources for parents from The Key website.  Feature more guides on many of the apps contained above. 



Keeping Children Safe Online During School Closures


Information for parents about keeping your children safe online especially during school closures. This page was created to support parents during COVID-19 and the closure of schools and has 15 minute activity packs.


Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency's CEOP Command (Child Exploitation and Online Protection).

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