National Online Safety Website
The National Online Safety website can be accessed as a free subscription for parents.
If parents create a free account they will still have access to a number of useful resources that parents can access including:
- NOS courses for parents
- A4 guides to explain and support parents. There are a massive number of guides which are all well presented and would allow parents to talk through the guides with children. There is a large range of content including information around setting up devices, web browsing, gaming, social media and remote learning, see the downloads section at the bottom of this page.
- For younger children the parents section also contains a storybook called Oscar’s Adventures in the Online World which can be downloaded and shared with children.
If parents prefer all of the content can be accessed through an app on a mobile phone which is available on the Apple App Store or Google Play.
Childnet has developed guidance for parents and carers to begin a conversation about online safety. The website contains sections for young people (primary and secondary) as well parents and teachers.
Parentzone provides support and guidance for parents and carers about the digital world from leading experts and organisations.
The UK Safer Internet Centre
UK Safer Internet Centre provides tips and advice for parents and carers to keep children safe online – you can also report any harmful content found online through the UK Safer Internet Centre.
Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline. The site includes six Thinkuknow websites for advice about staying safe when you’re on a phone, tablet or computer.
The parents’ part of the website contains content for parents to read if they are concerned about their child’s online activities. It also contains a range of videos that parents can watch
and discuss with their children along with activity packs that parents and children can work through together.
#AskTheAwkward is a campaign by Think U Know that aims to help Parents and Carers have regular conversations with their children about online relationships and more.
Young people want their Parents and Carers to have everyday conversations with them about relationships. This includes being aware of the positive opportunities technology provides for their social and romantic lives. Talking regularly with your child about relationships and sex can help develop shared understanding, trust and support between you. Talk little. Talk often. Ask The Awkward.
The Ask The Awkward campaign provides and introduction on asking the awkward including how to start and some help sheets including topics to talk about and how to approach topics. Their website also includes videos of Parents/Carers and their children asking the awkward through making connections, building trust, and facing challenges.
ACT Early Campaign
The ACT Early campaign is aimed as parents, carers, family and friends in raising awareness and vigilance about the signs of radicalisation and seeking advice whenever concerns are raised.
Online Sexual Harassment and Keeping Children Safe Online Guide
The Government’s Children’s Commissioner has launched a guide for parents and carers on online sexual harassment and how they can support children to stay safe online.
“The Things I Wish My Parents Had Known” draws together advice from 16 to 21 year olds on how parents should manage tricky conversations around sexual harassment and access to inappropriate content.
A surprising but overriding message from young people is that parents should start these challenging conversations early. They suggest broaching topics before a child is given a phone or a social media account, which is often around the age of 9 or 10.
The guide, which can be viewed below, serves as a useful starting point to raise awareness and understanding of online harassment.