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E-Safety for Parents

The internet is an amazing resource which enables children and young people to connect, communicate and be creative in a number of different ways, on a range of devices.

However, the internet is always changing, and being able to keep up to date with your children’s use of technology can be a challenge. (

Keep talking to your child about what they are doing online.

  • understand that they'll be using the internet to research homework as well talking to their friends.
  • ask your child to show you what they enjoy doing online
  • be positive but also open about anything you're worried about. You could say "I think this site's really good" or "I'm a little worried about things I've seen here."
  • ask them if they're worried about anything, and let them know they can come to you.
  • ask them about their friends online and how they know they are who they say they are
  • ask your child what they think's okay for children of different ages so they feel involved in the decision making (from

The 12 online safety tips for children with new devices



Christmas is almost upon us once again, and soon some lucky children will be excitedly tearing the wrapping off a new mobile phone, tablet or games console. For some of them, it will be the first time they’ve owned a device that connects them to the online world. Even for older children, a new device means new corners of the digital landscape to explore – and unfortunately, new risks to be aware of.

We’ve put together our top tips so that you can guide your young ones in enjoying their new digital gifts safely and responsibly throughout the year to come. Merry Christmas!

In the guide, you'll find tips such as how to turn location settings off, how to discourage device dependency and how to set up parental controls.



Staying SAFE online - resources for parents / carers


  • Think U Know - For parents who would like advice on how to take care of their children’s safety and security when using the internet at home.
  • Net-Aware - A guide to social networks used by children. Up to date information on popular apps and games.
  • NSPCC - NSPCC website with advice and videos to share with children about keeping safe online.
  • Childnet - Information about parental controls and gaming.
  • Internet Matters - Site that covers many aspects of internet safety and takes you through setting up parental controls on all gadgets in an easy to follow step by step guide.
  • Get Safe Online - Online safety advice.
  • Connect Safely - Parents’ guide to Instagram.