Welcome to our Internet Safety page, where you can find e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.
Technology has become integral to young people's lives and it is important that they know how to stay safe online and make the most of the opportunities that the internet provides. Whether you are a young person, parent or carer, or working with children, there are lots of resources to help.
Parents and carers play a key role in supporting children to learn about how to stay safe online, and they are one of the first people children turn to if things go wrong. We know it can be difficult to stay on top of the wide range of sites and devices that young people use, so we hope that the following advice helps.
- Have ongoing conversations with your children about staying safe online
- Use safety tools on social networks and other online services, eg Facebook privacy settings
- Decide if you want to use parental controls on your home internet
- Understand devices and the parental control tools they offer in our Parents' Guide to Technology
The UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three UK charities who reach out to thousands of children every year. Your support can enable them to help even more children, families and schools, and ensure that the internet is a great and safe place for young people.The UK Safer Internet Centre is co-ordinated by a partnership of three leading organisations; Childnet International, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation. It is co-funded by the European Commission's Safer Internet Programme and is one of the 31 Safer Internet Centres of the Insafe network. The centre has three main functions: an Awareness Centre, a Helpline and a Hotline. http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/
FACEBOOK - CHECKLIST
Facebook is a social network that is popular globally with over a billion users. This checklist has a range of safety features and advice, including advice about how to deal with concerns and how to protect your privacy
INSTAGRAM - CHECKLIST
Instagram is a photo and video sharing app that is popular with teens. People on Instagram can connect with one another through comments, captions and hashtags on photos and videos. Download our Instagram checklist for advice on how to use this safely.
SNAPCHAT - CHECKLIST
Snapchat is a messaging app. You can take a photo or a video with it, then add a caption or doodle or lens graphic over top, and send it to a friend. Alternatively everyone uses Snapchat. But it is directed towards teens and adults. Our checklist includes advice on how to deal with concerns and how to protect your privacy.
TWITTER - CHECKLIST
Twitter is a social networking and microblogging site where users post 'tweets' that are 140 characters long and can include images or videos. There are a range of safety features available on the service.
ASK.FM - CHECKLIST
Ask.fm is a social networking site where users can ask each other questions. The site allows anonymous comments, but there is the option to disable this function, as well as a range of other safety features.