Online Safety

Special Update, February 2021

Special Update – Online Safety



This collection of links to information about online safety is in the following sections:


Safer Internet Day, General online safety, Social media and online platforms, Parental controls and setting up technology, Gaming, Consent, sexting and grooming, Younger Children and Our 2017 experiment.


The information is from an update which was emailed to parents on 12th February 2021 (for Safer Internet Day):


Most of us have used the internet a lot in the last 12 months because of the Coronavirus pandemic; remote learning has replaced school for many children and it’s important they feel confident and safe when they are online. 



Information/resources on the UK Safer Internet Centre site linked to Safer Internet  day

–  Resources for parents and carers 2021

–  Top tips for all ages (3 – 7 years up to parents and carers)

–  Films for parents and carers

–  2021 quiz (for 8 – 13 year olds, but anyone can take part)


The following are links to information/resources for 2020’s Safer Internet Day which are still useful:

–  Resources for parents and carers

–  Research about how young people manage their online identities

–  Films with tips on how parents can talk with children/young people about online lives

–  2020 quiz (for 7 – 13 year olds, but anyone can take part)


General online safety

 Keeping your child safe online while they are off school, primary age (ThinkUKnow)

 – Keeping your child safe online while they are off school, secondary age (ThinkUKnow)

–  Digital safety and wellbeing kit (Children’s Commissioner for England)

–   5 tips to keep children safe online (Action For Children)

–  Supporting young people online for foster parents and adoptive parents (UK Safer Internet Centre)


Social media and online platforms

Parents’ Guide to Support – Social Media and the internet (Young Minds)

Social media concerns (Internet Matters)

Social media guide for parents (Family Lives)

Live streaming and vlogging guide (Internet Matters)

Instagram (NetAware)

What is TikTok (Childnet)

Teen chat rooms (Family Lives)

Apps guide for parents (Internet Matters)

Information hub for parents/carers to keep children safe online (Childnet)

Online safety (NSPCC)


Parental controls and setting up technology

 Setting up children’s tech safely (Internet Matters) 

 Parental controls (NSPCC)

 Parental controls on Netflix

  Guide to smart speakers for families (Internet Matters)

 Parental controls on the Nintendo Switch (Childnet)

 Google SafeSearch  (Internet Matters)

 Grandparents’ guide to online safety (Internet Matters)



 Gaming, what parents and carers need to know  (ThinkUKnow)

– Advice to prevent gaming addiction (Internet Matters)

–  Family Video Game database 

Game safe guide (Internet Matters)

Parents’ ultimate guide to Fortnite

 Games guide (Internet Matters)

Top video games by age (Internet Matters) 



Consent, sexting and grooming

Your Choice or Mine, film for parents about consent online (Safer Internet Centre)

Awareness video about the dangers of sexting (Warwickshire Police)

Nude selfies, what parents and carers need to know

Be Share Aware – safety advice from a 10 year old (NSPCC and O2)

Sarah’s online love (Fixers film)

The Story of Jay (NSPCC)


Younger Children 

 – Zap and Zoom, film for 3 – 7 year olds  (Safer Internet Centre)

Jessie and Friends, for ages 4 – 7 (ThinkUKnow)

Keeping your under 5 safe online (ThinkUKnow)


Our 2017 experiment

Finally, in 2017 we conducted a little experiment to see how easily posts and images can spread using the internet – you can find our report here: PVSID2017v2.


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