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Useful safeguarding information for parents and carers


There are an enormous variety of Online Safety resources available and as Parents and Carers, it is often challenging to know where to start or where to find information on a specific topic.  The items below have therefore been highlighted as a selection of recommended resources specifically designed for Parents and Carers on different aspects.


Note: A common question from Parents & Carers is where to find information on setting up internet content filters at home.  As these will vary according to local circumstance, the Internet Matters resource below covers implementing settings for Sky, Virgin Media, BT and TalkTalk broadband connections as well as other areas such as mobile phone settings.

CSAP/LSAB Twitter:  Stay in touch through Twitter

Risk Area: Various

Whilst we may be more used to tackling the challenges posed through Social Media, our Twitter feed provides useful advice, news, information and resources on a variety of issues, both Online Safety and wider Safeguarding topics.

Find out the latest updates and follow us on Twitter at:

BBC News: Step-by-step guide to video calling family members

Risk Area: Health & Wellbeing

As our children and young people repeatedly emphasised during the MyAdvice project, we must not forget the positives aspects of technology.  In circumstances where it isn't possible to meet face-to-face, family can stay in touch through video chat platforms such as Skype, Facetime and WhatsApp.  This really useful step-by-step guidance from BBC Tech walks through how to set up and stay in touch with family members on different platforms and devices.

BBC News – Step-by-step Video:

Childnet: Online Safety activities to do at home

Risk Area: Various

Our colleagues at Childnet have published a great collection of resources to explores online safety at home with children and young people ranging from 3 - 18.  Activities include film clips, advice and quizzes plus support around managing screen time.

Access the collection at:

BBC Teach - 5 Ways to keep children learning at home

Risk Area: Health & Wellbeing

With children at home for extended periods, continuing their learning can be a challenge for parents and carers.  BBC Teach has some useful tips to help keep them learning and engaged.

Find out more at:

BBC OwnIT: 5 Tips to Own Your Phone

Risk Area: Screentime

The BBC OwnIT team provides some useful advice in the form of 5 tips to help your child stay in control of their phone rather than the other way around.  The tips (useful for adults too) include rules, boundaries and encouraging positivity as well as links to the highly-regarded BBC OwnIT app.

Find out more at:

Childnet: Creating a Family Agreement

Risk Area: Various

A point regularly discussed on parental sessions and courses, this is particularly useful to help manage expectations, screentime and encourage positive behaviour online.  This updated resource from our colleagues at Childnet can prove useful to discuss and set agreed boundaries for family members (don't forget, family agreements apply to adults too!). Access the Childnet Family Agreement:

Vodafone: #Goldilocks

Risk Area: Social Media

A useful resource for use with younger children, #Goldilocks is a modern twist on the classic fairy tale.  The online resource from Vodafone includes a free e-book and fun activity sheet which can help to educate younger children about the potential consequences of being unkind or oversharing images in a light-hearted way. 

Access the #Goldilocks resource at:

Childline: Its My Childline

 Risk Area: Various

Childline have developed a useful website aimed at under-12s which provides support and information on a variety of topics including staying safe, bullying, your body & feelings.  The site includes a number of fun activities and creative tools children can use.

Take a look at the resource at:

Internet Matters: Grandparents Guide

Risk Area: Various

It is estimated that around 3.5 million grandparents support families by providing childcare.  However, support around the online world can often be challenging so our colleagues at Internet Matters have produced five useful tips to support grandparents to help keep our children safe online.

You can find the tips at: Internet Matters Grandparents

Swiggle Child Friendly Search Engine

Risk Area: Safer Access

Our colleagues at the South West Grid for Learning have released an excellent search engine tool particularly suited for use by younger children.  The search tool is powered by Google Custom Search and enforces SafeSearch to minimise opportunities for inappropriate content.  For Parents/Carers of younger children, Swiggle can be a useful page to have as the default search engine on devices in the home.  Swiggle also includes a very useful ‘screen cover’ feature – should a child encounter something inappropriate, the tool allows them to cover the screen and seek help from an adult.

Found out more about Swiggle at:

 CEOP Viral Scares Online – What to do?

Risk Area: Social Media

Stories often circulate online about online scares or suicide challenges which are alleged to have encouraged children to engage in harmful activities. Whilst most have been found to be hoaxes, fake news or wildly exaggerated stories, seeing or hearing about this content can be distressing for parents and very upsetting for children.  The THINK U KNOW website has some useful guidance for parents and carers about what to do if you’ve heard about such a story or challenge.

Find out more at:

Social Media - Reporting Harmful Content Online

Risk Area: Social Media

Provided by the UK Safer Internet Centre and operated by our colleagues at SWGfL, this new reporting facility allows users to find useful advice and guidance about making online reports as well as providing users with the ability to make a report for further investigation.  The portal requires users (aged 13 and over) to have already reported material to the Social Media platform involved before making a report and covers a variety of platforms.

The facility is currently in beta version and can be accessed via the link below.  It is a highly recommended resource for those who may have already attempted to have content removed but been unsuccessful.

Childnet – What is a Snapchat streak?

Risk Area: Social Media

Snapchat ‘streaks’ are a common question asked at Parental Awareness sessions in school and involve young people building up an unbroken series of consecutive snaps with another person which can be a significant source of anxiety and pressure to continue.  Our colleagues at Childnet have put together a really useful explanation about Snapchat streaks, what is involved and some useful tips for parents and carers.

You can view the explanation and supporting tips at:

Childnet – A Parent’s guide to Fortnite: Battle Royale

Risk Area: Online Gaming

Fortnite - Battle Royale is a hugely popular game with Children and Young People of all ages and revolves around a PVP (Player Versus Player) survival combat theme which is free to download (although in-game purchases are available). Our colleagues at Childnet have produced a very useful guide for parents explaining its features including a game overview, age requirements and tips/advice for discussion with your child.

Access the guide to Fortnite: Battle Royale at:

 The Royal Foundation - Bullying Taskforce Project

Risk Area: Online Bullying

As referred to in the News & Events section, The Duke of Cambridge has launched The Royal Foundation’s Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying.  The Taskforce has created an Action Plan designed to kick-start a new approach to support young people when they use Social Media and Gaming Platforms. 

To find out more about the project including the Action Plan and a short, animated video clip, use the link below.

Childline Portal - Removing an online image or video

Risk Area: Online Content

Childline is working with the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) to help young people who want to remove sexually explicit images of themselves from the internet. The Childline portal can be used by Young People to anonymously verify their identity using the Yoti app and submit their application to the IWF to have the image removed wherever it appears on the internet.

Further information and a link to the reporting facility is available via the News & Events section.

Internet Matters – Creating a great environment to talk

Risk Area: Various

A regular query asked during School Parental Awareness Sessions surrounds having ‘the online safety conversation’.  Our colleagues at Internet Matters have produced a really useful guide to help parents and carers with tips to support the conversation and a tablet-based app with quiz questions.

Access the guide at:

Barclays Digital Safety Guides

Risk Area: Various

Of use to both adults and young people, Barclays Bank have produced a series of very useful clips as part of their national Digital Safety campaign.  The clips include a variety of themes such as Identity Theft, SMS and Mobile scams, Phishing and Vishing fraud and Information Privacy tips amongst others.  They are airing on national television but you can also access the clips via the dedicated Barclays Digital Safety YouTube Channel at:

CBeebies – Do I share too much of my child's life online?

Risk Area: Information Privacy

An interesting article from CBeebies Grown-Ups focussing on how families often share information online about their children (aka ‘Sharenting’).  The piece gives a useful insight into the practice, some of the things to consider and offers some useful tips about sharing photos and information about our children safely.

Access the CBeebies Grown-Ups article at:

The Children’s Commissioner – Digital 5 A Day Campaign

Risk Area: Mental Well-Being

The Children’s Commissioner for England has launched a campaign based around the NHS’s 5-steps to mental well-being.  The campaign is aimed at Parents & Carers to encourage their children to enjoy the online world with a balanced ‘digital diet’.  The campaign includes practical steps with 5 elements including Connect, Be Active, Get Creative, Give to Others and Be Mindful.

Find out more about the Digital 5 A Day campaign at:

NSPCC / O2 – Playing Minecraft Safely

Risk Area: Online Gaming

Colleagues at the NSPCC and O2 have produced a useful tips sheet to support Parents & Carers when talking to their children about the world of Minecraft.  The guidance explains single and multiplayer options along with tips about using online nicknames and the different player modes and what is involved in each one.

Access the NSPCC / O2 guidance at:



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