Online Safety

Staying Safe Online

  • Keep your privacy settings as high as possible – ask an adult if you are unsure!
  • Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself – once you’ve put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.
  • Never give anyone your passwords.
  • Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.
  • Don’t befriend people you don’t know.
  • Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online. Speak to your parent or carer if anyone asks you to meet them.
  • Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are – think carefully about what you say before you post something online.
  • Think carefully about what you say before you post something online.
  • Don’t be rude – respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree.
  • If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, tell a trusted adult immediately: leave the website!

Information for parents

The internet is amazing! Children can play, learn, create and connect – opening up a whole world of exciting possibilities. But how do you keep track of what they’re doing and make sure they’re staying safe?

Here are 4 key tips

  • talk to your child about staying safe online
  • manage the software and tools your family use
  • explore the online world together
  • agree on rules about what’s ok and what’s not

WhatsApp Parent/Carer Support Sheet

WhatsApp ParentCarer Support Sheet

Please check out the National Online Safety’s support sheet around WhatsApp. Does your child use WhatsApp? Are they in a WhatsApp group? Take a look at the support sheet to find out the risks and advice to support parents/carers.

Online safety: sharing videos and images

Net Aware, produced by the NSPCC and O2, has released content to help parents and carers who may be worried about their child sharing videos and images online. The content discusses why children use apps like TikTok and Snapchat, and provides guidance for parents and carers to help keep their children safe including: setting their account to private; reminding them not to post locations in real time or share personal information.

Boosts your child's digital skills

Interland is a free online game by Google that teaches children to become more confident explorers of the online world. You travel through four islands – Kind Kingdom, Mindful Mountain, Reality River and Tower of Treasure – to defeat Cyberbullies, Hackers and Oversharers.

Play Interland

Useful Websites

UK Safer Internet Centre
Bullying UK
Internet Matters

Do you know

  • What apps your children are using?
  • What your children are doing online?
  • If they having any social media problems?
  • How can you keep safe online?