The internet opens a world of exciting possibilities for children, with a wealth of information to discover and learn from, games for entertainment and a means of communicating with family and friends. Unfortunately the internet can also be a dangerous place for children, where they can face threats such as:
Harmful, illegal or inappropriate content
Disclosure of personal information
Arranging to meet with strangers or online-only friends
Fake news and unverified content
Fake profiles (catfishing)
Malicious malware (phishing emails, smishing texts or pop-ups)
Screen addiction (game and social media addiction)
Negative body image
Self-harm or suicide
Damaged online reputation
Keep Your Child Safe Online
Below are a few tips to help keep your child safe online.
Teach your child to keep their personal information private - name, address, telephone number and school
Teach your child not to meet up with strangers
Teach your child not to believe everything they see online
Set parental controls and check minimum age limits for games and social media platforms
Take an interest in what your child is doing online
Set time limits for use of social media and games
Let your child know that they can come to you if anything happens online that makes them feel uncomfortable or worried
Internet Safety Links for Parents
Refer to the links below for more information on how to keep your child safe online. Internet safety links for children can be found on the Internet Safety for Children page.
Parent InfoSupport and advice for parents regarding games, apps and tech.
Internet Matters - E-Safety Tips for Parents (Under 5 Year Olds)
Safety on the internet matters. Our fun, interactive, stop motion animated video has useful advice and tips for parents of 0-5s so that you can help them to stay safe online.
Internet Matters - E-Safety Tips for Parents (6-10 Year Olds)
Safety on the internet matters. Our fun, interactive, stop motion animated video has useful advice and tips for parents of 6-10s so that you can help them to stay safe online.
NSPCC - Be Share Aware (All Children)
Teach your child to Be Share Aware. Sharing in real life is great but kids need our help to stay safe online.
NSPCC - Lucy and the Boy - Be Share Aware (Key Stage 2 Children)
We tell our children it's good to share - but online it's different. In fact sometimes it can be dangerous. That's why we're asking parents to be Share Aware.
NSPCC - I Saw Your Willy (Key Stage 2 Children)
Be Share Aware. We tell our children it's good to share - but online it's different. In fact sometimes it can be dangerous. That's why we're asking parents to be Share Aware - and keep children safe online.
Internet Matters: Cyberbullying
Ditch the Label - Are You Living an Insta Lie?
Social Media Vs. Reality.
English National Opera - Can I be your friend? Social Experiment
Ever thought how odd your online life is? Ever thought what could go wrong? This film explores the issues around ENO's production of Nico Muhly's Two Boys, a new opera that lifts the lid on the dangers of living our lives online.
Social Networking in Real Life Social Experiment
Do the things we do online make sense in real life?
If The Internet Was A Person Prank
Your browsing history, likes, searches, it's all saved. So what if people acted like the internet?
TVNZ Sunday & Game Quitters - Video Game Addiction Documentary - Silent Addiction
This video game addiction documentary brings attention to our global gaming addiction problem.
Cam Adair at TEDx - Escaping Video Game Addiction
Today, millions of people around the world from all ages struggle with video game addiction. This issue affects all of life including school grades, job retention, career aspirations and even marriages yet too often the conversation focuses on whether we should play games instead of helping those who want to stop but cannot.
Klicksafe - "Where is Klaus?"
The Klicksafe video presents four areas of internet usage that are particularly problematic for children.