The internet has become an integral part of children's lives for a variety of reasons such as education and social interaction, and being online allows children to explore and increase their curiosity. As children grow up they begin to have access to various types of technology such as social media, online games, websites and apps which can be accessed through mobile phones, computers, laptops and tablets, which all form a part of children and young people's online world.
The internet and online technology provide new opportunities for children's learning and growth, and has many positive strands, however with increasing provision of the internet in and out of schools brings with it the need to ensure that all our children and families are safe.
Please click on the links below to explore the information to support your knowledge and understanding around online safety and how to keep your child safe.
A place to find expert support and practical tips to help children benefit from connected technology and how to use the internet safely and smartly. You will also find ways to report if you are worried about anything your child has come across.
View this link to see all popular social networks such as apps and games that your child could be accessing. This will allow you to find key information about the application such as the age rating.
CEOP is a law enforcement agency and is here to help keep children and young people safe from sexual abuse and grooming online and help thousands of children and young people every year. CEOP are unable to respond to reports about bullying, fake accounts or hacking. The CEOP safety button features on most online sites used by young people. If you are worried about anything suspicious online - as a parent or a child - click on the red CEOP button to report it.
Use this link to find new ways to access education, stay in touch and have fun online. You will also find some top tips to help you protect and support your child with their online lives.
Follow TEAM tips to help keep your child safe online:
- Talk to your child regularly about what they are doing online and how to stay safe.
- Let them know they can come to you or another trusted adult if they're feeling worried or upset by anything.
- Explore your child's online activities with your child. Understand why they like accessing certain things and make sure they know what they can do to keep themselves safe linked to the SMART rules.
- Agree your own rules as a family when using sites, apps and games.
- Manage your technology and use the settings available to keep your child safe.
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