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Helping Children Stay Safe Online - Internet & Mobile Phones

The internet offers children access to information, communication with their friends and opportunities for exploring the wider world. Children get a lot of benefit from being online.  However they should have parental supervision and good advice to make sure their experiences are happy and safe.

Parents and carers need to be aware of problems that can arise, such as bullying and grooming, and know what to do. 

Here are some useful links that will provide appropriate information to help you in guiding your children:

  • Family Resources website
    Provides easy-to-understand insights on internet safety issues. A free Family Online Safety Guide can be downloaded
  • BBC Webwise
    A beginners guide to using the internet with interactive tutorials about all aspects of computer and internet use, getting started on social networks, privacy and safety online
  • DirectGov 
    Internet safety re cyberbullying, internet terms and language, online gaming, social networking sites, illegal file sharing
  • Kidsmart - for parents
    Kidsmart is an award winning practical internet safety programme website for schools, young people, parents, and agencies, produced by the children's internet charity Childnet International. This link will take you to practical advice and support on how to help your children use the internet and new technology in safe and responsible ways
  • Get Safe On-line 
    General advice on safe social networking
  • ThinkUKnow - parents section
    Advice from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.  Understanding the internet and what the risks are of grooming, mobiles, gaming, social networking and chat
  • Guidance on tackling on-line bullying
    The award-winning charity Bullying Online was founded in 1999 by journalist Liz Carnell from Harrogate and her son John, as a direct result of their experience of dealing with school bullying
  • Young people, music and the internet
    Worried about your children downloading music and want to know what's legal? This site has all the information you require
  • ChatGuide
    A booklet for parents on all types of chat from instant messaging and chat rooms to mobile phones