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Online abuse and advice on how to keep children and young people safe online (Advise for parents/Carers)

The internet is such an integral part of children's lives these days. It opens up so many educational and social opportunities, giving them access to, quite literally, a world of information and experiences.

Whether on a computer at school, a laptop at home, a games console or mobile phone, children and young people are increasingly accessing the internet whenever they can and wherever they are.

As you would protect your child in the real world, you will want to make sure that they are safe whatever they are doing. Like learning to cross the road, online safety skills are skills for life. If your child understands the risks and can make sensible and informed choices online, they can get the most from the internet and stay safe whilst doing so – particularly from those people who might seek them out to harm them. Please look at the Children and Young people page on this website on online abuse - click on this link


Your guide to the social networks your kids use

Stay up to date and keep your child safe in today's digital world - click here

The NSPCC has published a parent’s guide to keeping children safe on Pokémon Go. Click on this link to go to the guide


The government has announced a package of measures to help keep children safe online. These include: a UKCiSS guide to help parents keep their children safe online; updated content on CEOP's Thinkuknow website; and new industry-led initiatives to help children be safe online.

Further information:
   Child online safety: a practical guide for parents and carers whose children are using social media (PDF)

   Child safety online: a practical guide for providers of social media and interactive services (PDF)


   Google's Internet Legends tour

   NSPCC's Keeping children safe online course

Nude selfies: What parents and carers need to know

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Today, the National Crime Agency, has launched a campaign for parents to deal with an increase in young people sharing nude selfies.

To give parents the tools to deal with these issues and reduce the dangers of sexting, CEOP have created a series of short animations entitled ‘Nude selfies: What parents and carers need to know’. The new Thinkuknow films are packed with information and advice on helping parents to advise children about avoiding taking risks online, knowing what’s safe and what’s not, and where to get help if anything goes wrong.

The four films are available to watch for free online,



A parent's guide to SNAPCHAT. Click here to see the guide.


National advice provided for parents and carers on how to keep your children and young people safe online

Check out these websites for more useful information and advise on how to keep your children safe online.

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The Department for Education has published new guidance on protecting children from cyberbullying for parents and carers. Advice includes set boundaries, talk to children about safety issues and print out evidence of online harassment. Advice for parents and carers on cyberbullying (PDF).


The NSPCC has published an overview of online abuse. Content includes: what it is; spotting its signs, symptoms and effects; how to keep children safe; and legislation, policy and practice around online safety.

Click here to be directed to their website.


The NSPCC has launched the Share Aware campaign which provides straightforward advice to parents on how to keep their 8-12-year-olds safe on social networks. Resources include: a YouTube video; a parents' guide to social networks; tips for talking to your child about online safety; and a Be ShareAware guide.

Click here to go to the webpage on Share Aware


o2 NSPCC - Let's keep kids safe online

NSPCC and O2 have joined forces to keep children safe online.

Why not watch our short video above to find out more?

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Further information can be found on the NSPCC website


The NSPCC and O2 have launched a campaign to illustrate how innocent searches online can lead to not so innocent results. Highlights how using parental controls to block or filter content can help keep children safe online and includes information on how to set up parental controls on mobiles and tablets, home computers, search engines and games consoles. Further information can be found on the NSPCC website.


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Stop it Now have launched their new website aimed at people who have been downloaded indecent images of children and their families. http://get-help.stopitnow.org.uk/

They have added a completely new section for Family and Friends: http://get-help.stopitnow.org.uk/family-and-friends/family-and-friends-intro This section is designed to support concerned family and friends.


The Lucy Faithfull Foundation has launched a new campaign to deter people from viewing child abuse images online. The Stop it now resources include information and support to help users of online abuse images cope with difficult emotions and change their behaviour. http://get-help.stopitnow.org.uk/?utm_content=buffer34c00&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer


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They have also launched What’s the Problem? - a new comprehensive guide full of information and top tips for parents on how to keep their children safe. Why now download the guide here?


Film warning about online grooming

Leicestershire Police has made its film to raise awareness of the dangers of online grooming publicly available. Based on the story of teenager Kayleigh Haywood, the film highlights how quickly and easily children can be groomed online without them or those around them knowing it is happening. Kayleigh’s love story is available to watch online in eight different versions, including a signed version, and audio described version and versions translated into five languages. It has previously been shown to schoolchildren aged 11 and above in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland in controlled screenings by specially trained officers.

Source: Leicestershire Police  Date: 03 January 2017

Further information: Kayleigh’s love story 

Audio described - Kayleigh’s love story 

BSL and subtitles - Kayleigh’s love story

Gujarati - Kayleigh’s love story

Hindi - Kayleigh’s love story

Polish - Kayleigh’s love story

Punjabi - Kayleigh’s love story

Urdu - Kayleigh’s love story


CEOP warns of webcam abuse

As you may have seen in the media, CEOP warned of a concerning rise in the use of webcam by sex offenders to blackmail children and young people online.

We want all young people to know that if they are being threatened online, if they've shared something they regret, it's never too late to get help.

Young people might feel like there is no way out but they can always report to CEOP online at http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ or visiting the CEOP Safety Centre.







Updates to National documents

Working Together to Safeguard Children updated July 2018 - click here for updated version

Information Sharing - Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers updated July 2018 - updated version here