Staying safe online

There is a lot of information around about keeping you and your children safe online, and we know it can be quite daunting to go through all this information and access the best advice.

We have created this page so you can easily access resources all in one place to make it easier for you to get information about staying safe online for both adults and children.

Below are links to a range of online safety resources that the NSPCC and ChildLine have produced to help keep you and your children safe online.

 

 

Online Resources

Share Aware Guide

A gudie produced to empower parents to keep their children safe online. It includes conversation starters to help parents discuss online safety and advice on what to do if things go wrong online.

NetAware

A comprehensive guide for parents on over 50 of the top social networks, apps and games that young people use. It includes key facts for each site, recommended age ratings, and information about safety features. 

Talking to your child about staying safe online

Advice and tips on how to have effective conversations with your children about an array of online topics, including cyberbullying, online porn, and sharing images and information. 

Parental controls

Information on how parental controls can be used to help keep children safe online. Discusses the benefits of parental controls and gives practical advice on how to put them in place.

Sexting: advice for parents

Information from the NSPCC, explaining what sexting is, what the risks are, and how to talk to your child about the issues.

Staying safe online

ChildLine page offering tips to young people on online safety. Includes information on posting online, online communities, and online bullying.

Online grooming

Advice page, looking at what online grooming is, how it happens, and what you can do to keep yourself safe

Sexting

Information on what sexting is, what the risks are, and what you can do if someone sends you a picture or asks for one

Mobile phone safety

Advice page, focusing on how to use your phone safely. It covers what you should do if you are being bullied through your mobile or being pressured to share your phone number

Online gaming

ChildLine content, giving advice on how to stay safe when gaming. It discusses voice chat, online bullying, and how to keep a record of abusive messages

Online porn

Fact page, discussing what porn is, whether it’s normal to look at porn, and how porn makes you feel. It also gives advice on what you can do if you feel under pressure after watching porn, have been caught watching porn, or are concerned that you are watching too much porn

Zipit

ChildLine’s first ever app, designed to help young people stay in control if they are asked to send a naked picture of themselves. It provides witty comebacks and pictures which enable young people to diffuse the situation and stay safe. It is free to download and available on Android, Blackberry and Apple smartphones

CEOP - Child Exploitation and online protection centre

There is lots of advice for young people, parents and teachers on how to stay safe online on the CEOP website.

Videos

Lucy and the Boy - short animated video highlighting the risks of sharine personal information with strangers online. Click here to access the video

I saw your Willy - short video, using an example of a boy that shares a picture of his willy, to show the dangers of sharing private images and how quickly such pictures can spread. Click here to access the video

 

Hacking and Cyber Crime

Read more from DC John Johnson' - South Yorkshire Police's undercover expert in investigating online crime in his series of blogs:

What happens on social media doesn't just stay on social media: One of our undercover experts in investigating online crime - writing under the alias of ‘DC John Johnson’ – blogs about social media and how Facebook comments could lead to a visit to the police station and having all your gadgets seized...

Don't be an easy target on the web: In his second blog, DC John Johnson offers advice to help ensure your online presence isn't making you an easy target for criminals.

Change the way you think about passwords: DC John Johnson gives his advice on how changing the way we think about passwords can make us more cyber-secure.

 

Computer misuse is a crime, and there are serious consequences.

This 19-year-old’s home got searched at 6am, his bedroom was turned upside down and his digital devices were all seized by police. 

The computer misuse didn’t just affect him though, his family also suffered because of it. Hear from the offender’s mother here.