The parent/carer - child relationship is the foundation to keeping children safe and supporting their educational attainment and social development. Maintaining an open dialogue with your child about the use of the internet and discussion on how to behave online will help them to keep safe online.
There are many resources available online to support parents/carers in regards to their child's online safety. We hope that you find the following selection of links and resources helpful.
Childnet's family agreement might help to set clear expectations for positive and safe internet use.
Internetmatters.org has created online safety checklists for:
Selection of resources that support parents/carers:
This leaflet is also available on the Childnet website in the languages Arabic, Bengali, French, Hindi, Polish, Punjabi, Somali, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese and Welsh.
Digital Wellbeing / Screen Time
Device Safety (Settings)
To make sure children are safe online, it is advised to set their devices up before use.
Internet Matters has designed a simple checklist to give parents/carers peace of mind regarding their child's safety on the internet. ('Set up Safe Checklist'). Their information about parental controls can be found here.
Information about how to set up filters on your home internet (BT, SKY. TalkTalk, Virgin Media) to help prevent age inappropriate content being accessed can be found here (video tutorial). The UK Safer Internet Centre (UKSIC) has provided this resource.
Please click here to find out about safety features and settings offered by the main web browsers (e.g. Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox). (Source: UK Safer Internet Centre)
Parents'/Carers' Guide to Technology
Guide to buying an Internet-enabled Device
Mobile Phone Purchase
Internet Matters gives advice on things to consider when buying a mobile phone and compares a selected range of phones and their safety features. Find out more here.
www.internetmatters.org: This website has lots of information, advice and resources which can be used to help children stay safe online.
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command): CEOP works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account, protecting children from harm online and offline.
BBC (Webwise): Information and support for safe use of the internet
For more advice on online safety visit:
Engaging Activities for you and your Child
The UK Safer Internet Center (UKSIC) has produced a variety of resources for parents/carers to get engaged with their child(ren). Suggestions of fun and engaging activities can be found here:
- Fun things to do with younger children (aimed at 3 to 11 year olds)
- Quick activities sorted by age (ages 3-7, 7-11, 11-18)