Online Safeguarding - Parents & Carers

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The online world offers amazing opportunities but also brings elements of potential risk and for Parents & Carers, making sense of the online world can appear to be an enormous challenge.  Unlike previous generations, the online environment is an integral part of children’s lives and therefore we can no longer consider their wellbeing or safety without also considering their relationship to technology.  However, staying safe online is fundamentally about behaviours rather than the technology itself and if approached from this perspective, we can begin to gain confidence to support our children. 

The illustration below provides some useful tips for Parents and Carers when discussing the online environment with children.  In addition, this page also contains a variety of resources which can be used to develop knowledge and confidence to support children and young people.  You will also find useful information in the News and Events section of the site through the link at the bottom of the page.

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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.


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Safer Online Behaviours over Summer

Risk Area: Various

As the Summer holiday period begins, many children and young people will often spend an increased amount of time online.  As referred to in the Focus On... section, this resource is designed to support Parents & Carers in managing various online challenges over the Summer break with useful information and tips. 

Download the standalone resource here: LSCB Safer Online Behaviours over Summer

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NSPCC / O2 Share Aware Update

Risk Area: Information Privacy & Social Media

The NSPCC & O2 have released additional resources to further develop their Share Aware campaign aimed at supporting families to talk about their child’s online world.  The updated resources include e-mail updates, family agreements, step-by-step advice and a variety of useful teaching resources.  
Find out more about the Share Aware update and access the resources at:
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NSPCC / O2 - Be Share Aware Video Clip

Risk Area: Information Privacy & Social Media

As part of the Share Aware update highlighted above, a useful supporting 30-second video (Be Share Aware) can be found at:
In addition, the NSPCC's dedicated YouTube channel contains a variety of useful video clips and can be accessed at:
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YouTube Kids App

Risk Area: Inappropriate Content

YouTube have released an official App designed for children which can be useful in helping families to manage content children see.  The app is available via the link below which includes a YouTube Kids Parental Guide with useful tips and advice to help make YouTube safer.  The YouTube Kids app is freely available and can be downloaded from both the Google Play and Apple App Stores.
Find out more about YouTube Kids by going to:
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Childline: Bounce Back from Bullying

Risk Area: Bullying

‘Bounce Back from Bullying’ is a useful online resource from Childline aimed at supporting children and young people with bullying issues, helping them to take back control.  The resource comprises of 6 questions, each with 3 options which when selected, provide the child with supporting comments and practical suggestions and activities. 
‘Bounce Back from Bullying’ can be found on the Childline website at:

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Tech Gadgets and Gifts @ Christmas

Risk Area: Various

As children may be receiving tech gadgets and gifts over the festive season, our colleagues at the UK Safer Internet Centre have produced some useful and timely advice for Parents and Carers. The advice includes some top online safety tips to consider including safety features available on smartphones, tablets and games consoles plus advice around parental controls on the home internet connection and internet-connected toys.  They also have a useful 'Parent's Guide to Technology' resource highlighting useful considerations on a variety of devices including Smart TVs.  The Christmas advice can be found at:


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CSM - 5 Tips for dealing with Online Bullying

Risk Area: Bullying

In support of Anti-Bullying Week 2016, this clip from Common Sense Media (CSM) highlights 5 useful tips for Parents & Carers to support dealing with Online Bullying. The guidance, in the form of a 90-second YouTube video, can be found at:

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Risk Area: Social Media

A really useful resource guide to help adults stay up to date with the social networks children use.  The resource highlights various popular social media apps and provides an explanation of what it is, age ratings, why it is popular and points to be aware of.  NetAware can be found at:

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Risk Area: Various

CEOP through their Think U Know (TUK) programme have some excellent advice and guidance for Parents and Carers on a variety of online issues.  The Parents section on the TUK website includes practical advice with a variety of media clips and articles and can be found at:

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Click CEOP: Report Button

Risk Area: Online Grooming

The Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre (CEOP) provide a dedicated report button to use if someone has done something online that has made you or a child or young person you know, feel worried or unsafe.  The CEOP Safety Centre provides useful guidance on making a report, including when to report and what happens next.

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LSCB Pokémon GO: Top Tips for Parents and Carers

Risk Area: Gaming

In addition to the Pokémon GO article in the Focus On... section, this locally-developed resource provides Parents and Carers with a series of useful safety tips and points around the hugely popular Pokémon GO mobile game.

Download the resource here: LSCB Pokémon GO Bulletin

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O2 & NSPCC Online Safety Helpline

Risk Area: Various

O2 in partnership with the NSPCC have set up a dedicated Helpline to support Parents & Carers with a variety of concerns or questions.  The Helpline is available seven days a week and is free to call and can support with technical queries or more personal questions about staying safe online.  Find out more about the Helpline via the link below or call on 0808 800 5002

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Risk Area: Various

The Parent Zone in association with Vodafone have released the latest version of the highly recommended Digital Parenting magazine.  The resource is free to access online and contains useful and practical information on a variety of subjects.  You can access the latest edition at:

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Risk Area: Various

Childnet provide a large range of advice and resources to support Parents and Carers to keep children safe online.  Their Parents section contains some very useful tips about talking to children about online issues and includes 'Hot Topic' guides across a wide range of issues.

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NSPCC - Share Aware

Risk Area: Social Media

The NSPCC have teamed up with O2 to provide 'Share Aware' - a set of resources to support Parents and Carers with advice and guides about the variety of Social Networks our children use.   Access to Share Aware can be found through the link below:

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CEOP TUK - Concerned about your child: Abuse & Exploitation

Risk Area: Various

CEOP's TUK programme have produced a series of useful guides for Parents and Carers.  Abuse and Exploitation focusses on Sexual abuse, Grooming and Nude images.  Access the Abuse & Exploitation guidance through the link below:

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CEOP TUK - Concerned about your child: Sex & Relationships

Risk Area: Various

CEOP's TUK programme have produced a series of useful guides for Parents and Carers.  Sex and Relationships focusses on Online Relationships, Unhealthy Relationships and Harmful & Risky Behaviour.  Access the Sex & Relationships guidance through the link below:

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CEOP TUK - Concerned about your child: Online Behaviour

Risk Area: Various

CEOP's TUK programme have produced a series of useful guides for Parents and Carers.  Online Behaviour focusses on Exposure to Sexual Content, Online Activy and Sharing Information Online.  Access the Online Behaviour guidance through the link below:

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Risk Area: Various

A not-for-profit organisation supported by Sky, BT, TalkTalk and Virgin Media, provides some very useful advice and practical guidance including parent's guides to technology and apps as well as guides for setting up controls on home broadband connections.

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CBBC Stay Safe

Risk Area: Various

The CBBC Stay Safe website contains lots of useful tips and entertaining clips for addressing a variety of online safety issues with children including Bullying, Social Media, Age limits and Gaming. 

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CEOP TUK: Reporting to Social Media sites

Risk Area: Social Media

Useful advice for Parents and Carers about reporting problems to Social Media sites.  It highlights guidance for contacting sites, including useful guides from a number of popular Social Media providers on their rules and how to report issues.


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