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Resources for Parents to support you with online safety

For more information please see our Online Safety Policy

New research suggests children are using social media before parents have spoken to them about how to use it responsibly, with 48% being exposed to it by age seven. To help parents have these important conversations with their children at a younger age, Vodafone UK and Andersen Press have teamed up with award-winning author Jeanne Willis and illustrator Tony Ross to produce a co-branded digital edition of #Goldilocks. The book is a modern twist on the classic fairytale and offers a fun and accessible way for parents to discuss responsible social media use with their younger children. There is also an activity sheet for children to complete.


‘Look both ways’ from Internet Matters - This report provides insight on parents’ concerns and understanding of the issue of children’s screentime use. It highlights what both children and parents feel are the challenges and benefits as they get older and become more proficient online. It also offers practical advice and resources to help parents make informed decisions to make screen time work for their family.


Please make sure that your children are safe whilst working online. Please click here for further advice from the UK Safer Internet Centre.


Child Safety on YouTube : parent factsheet is a website that offers guidance for internet safety and includes support for parents. The link here is to a selection of videos that parents can watch with their children. There are different videos for different age ranges.


Thinkuknow have produced a clever video highlighting that children don’t change, but technology does.


‘Hot topics’ by Child Net is another useful website, click on the link below to a downloadable leaflet with information on supporting children online.


Useful APPs:

SKY Kids
Child appropriate only content. Enables you to create their own profile with shows tailored to their age. It also includes a bed time setting which puts the app to sleep whenever you want.


BBC iPlayer Kids
BBC iPlayer Kids is a brand new free app, available to download now onto your mobile or tablet.
Find all your favourite CBBC and CBeebies shows in a safe and easy to use app – made just for you. Watch shows now or download them to enjoy later!


Internet matters
Internet Matters is an app designed to help parents talk about e-safety issues with their children, and to ensure that they make smart choices to stay safe online.  Aimed at children aged between 8-10, the split-screen collaborative app helps children think about what they would do if they were faced with difficult situations online; from cyberbullying to sharing content with someone they don’t know. Quizzes and games encourage parents and children to collaborate and talk about 9 different e-safety subjects.


YouTube Kids

YouTube Kids gives your family an easy way to watch their favourite programmes or explore anything that captures their imagination. It’s free, simple to use and full of family-friendly videos.


Staying Safe Online Facebook Page This is the Local Authority’s online safety page. There are regular updates and links to useful resources as well as alerts to potential risks to children online (e.g. video games, social networking sites etc). Please ‘like’ the page to receive updates.