Computers, mobile phones or tablets can be used for a lot of fun activities and to make new friends from all over the world. However, parental controls ensure that you are in control of what sites your child is accessing, ensuring they stay safe online.
This section of our website will provide you with links to useful advice on how to be careful when using the internet and some great tips to keep safe. If you or your child are worried about anything you see online, or people are asking you questions about where you live or saying nasty things to you, please speak to an adult such as your parents or you teacher, or follow any of the links below for help and advice. Remember not to delete e-mails or phone messages which are inappropriate, but to show them to an adult. A vast range of guides are available, for parents, about online safety. They include guides on various sites, such as tik-tok, parent controls of screen time, social media and mental health. All you need to do is click on the link saying: guides from the national online safety; this can be found at the bottom of this page.
Parent Info is a collaboration between CEOP and Parent Zone and provides information to parents and carers about their children’s wellbeing and resilience, internet safety and a wide range of other topic matters like sex, relationships and body image.
Think U Know Website
You probably like to use the computer for fun. The Think U Know website will help you go on the internet in a safe way and tell you who to talk to if you are worried. You can also find out about Lee & Kim’s adventures or watch Hector and his friends learning to use computers safely.
If you want to talk to someone else you can call ‘Childline’, which is a place where people who are trained can help you. They won’t tell anyone that you have called and it’s free. You can phone them on: 0800 1111.
Top Tips for Children Online
- Always ask a grown up before you use the internet. They can help you find the best thing to do.
- Don’t tell strangers where you live, your phone number or where you go to school. Only your friends and family need to know that.
- Don’t send pictures to people you don’t know. You don’t want strangers looking at photos of you, your friends or your family.
- Tell a grown up if you feel scared or unhappy about anything.
Be smart, be cool – be smart online.
What’s your favourite thing to do online. Visit the KidSMART website and learn more about the internet and being a SMART surfer. Learn the SMART Rules with Kara Winston and the SMART Crew. If anything goes wrong online or upsets you, make sure you tell someone about it. Download a poster of the SMART Rules by clicking the link below.
Help and Advice
If you find something scary on the internet or someone has made you sad or scared, you should tell your parents or the person who looks after you at home or a teacher at school. If you would like to talk to someone else, we have added some links to the Advice Help and Report Centre on the CEOPS website. You can contact people who are friendly and helpful by following the link for your age group.
Family Action – Supporting School Readiness with NAHT. Visit the Family Action website.