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Keeping children safe online

Staying safe online is important for everyone no matter your age – but it’s especially crucial that children are kept safe while browsing the internet or using a computer.

More and more children are getting their own phones and tablets at an earlier age or borrowing a family member’s devices to play on or watch their favourite show.

In fact, one in five internet users in the UK are children.

We’ve put together a list of some resources for our parents, carers, families, and educators to find advice on how to ensure little ones and young people are protected online.

Childnet

Childnet is a registered UK charity helping to make the internet a great and safe place for children. It shares advice, tips and resources for parents, carers, teachers and young people www.childnet.com

Internet Matters

Visit Internet Matters for a range of materials for parents, carers and teachers including keeping pre-schoolers aged 0-5 years www.internetmatters.org/advice/0-5/

National Crime Agency

Access educational resources for use with children, parents and professionals and advice on safeguarding children from sexual abuse and exploitation on the National Crime Agency site https://nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/what-we-do/crime-threats/child-sexual-abuse-and-exploitation

Jessie & Friends

Watch a series of three animations which aim to give 4-7 year olds knowledge, skills and confidence to help them respond safely to risks they may encounter online www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/jessie-and-friends

NSPCC

The NSPCC offer online safety tips and guides at www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety

Parent Info

Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP are working together to provide support and guidance for parents, carers and teachers from leading experts and organisations through their Parent Info site at parentinfo.org

UK Safer Internet Centre

UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership programme, funded by the Connecting Europe Facility of the European Commission, with a shared mission to make the internet a better place for all. For a range of education resources for use with parents, teachers, and children visit swgfl.org.uk/projects/uk-safer-internet-centre

Please note: If you are worried about something that has happened to your child online, report it to CEOP at www.ceop.police.uk/Safety-Centre

For any families we support who would like more information or tips on keeping your child safe online, please get in touch with us at the centre, call 0151 727 1355 or email hello@centre56.org.uk