(b) – Links to help parents

Section 1 – General advice sites


If you are a “newbie” ThinkUKnow should be your first port of call – something for everyone here.  For parents why not try the section “How do I talk to my child about what they’re up to online?”.  ThinkUKnow is the home of the “Report Abuse” button from CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).


Know it All from Childnet – if you are a bit of an internet newbie, start here!  The content has been around for a while but is a reasonable starting place.  Childnet have quite a lot of other resources (including ones for very young children such as “Digiduck”) if you are curious and look around!


The UK Safer Internet Centre is a key area for parents and institutions: there is a range of resources here, including good guides for using parental controls here.


A site from Internet Service Providers with some common sense tips and a reporting area for various problems.  This is rapidly becoming a really key site to visit with very clear navigation and advice.  There is a really good clear set of links to the parental control guidance for all the main games consoles and other devices.  A great place to start is here: www.internetmatters.org/advice – the links lead to concise pages with short video clips and clear bullet point advice.


Parents Protect – detailed and comprehensive.  If you like short briefing articles on a topic (as opposed to multimedia experiences!) this could appeal.  There are links to a variety of ways of reporting abuse.


An up-and-coming site with a variety of information and services, including online training for parents and special sections on current causes of concern – particular apps, social networking etc.


A fairly new site provided by ThinkUKnow/CEOP aimed at parents; there are numerous articles which together give a good coverage of some common concerns.


NSPCC site on online safety includes advice sections on cyberbullying and sexting.  Well worth reading as it offers suggestions for how to approach these topics with children.  Definitely look at the share aware section.


A comprehensive overview site with lots of helpful advice and references: it has a USA bias but has plenty of relevance for UK parents.

Section 2 – Having a Family Agreement


The NSPCC area for sharing includes a template for a family agreement


Childnet’s area includes an advice guide and their template.

Section 3 – Things parents can do – controlling games, phones, guidance on apps


Safer Internet advice on parental controls on a variety of devices.


Good advise on setting parental controls from internet matters.


Thinkuknow’s area for guidance on a range of apps.


Commonsense media hosts many useful items – this link is to the searchable database of apps – find out about the apps your child is using, for example yik-yak, snapchat etc


A collaboration including O2, Mumsnet and the NSPCC, this is an excellent way of finding out about the apps and websites etc your children use or wish to use – there are detailed ratings for a variety of risks from a range of users.


Another good source for information on apps


Connect Safely – comprehensive and frequently updated info especially on Social Networking: there are good guides for facebook, instagram, snapchat etc.  in the “resources” section.


Facebook page for parents, links to cyberbullying and other advice


Open DNS is one way of filtering or protecting all the devices used via your domestic internet connection.


How to set parental controls on an XBox


O2 – example of Parental Control from Mobile Phone Company


Advice from vodafone recently updated with some sound advice


PEGI ratings for games – they really mean what they say!


Good tutorial for those new to facebook.

Section 4 – Cyberbullying


A range of information for a variety of audiences – parents may find the anti-bullying information tool for parents and carers useful here


Childline’s area for bullying: the FAQs at the bottom are very useful.


Connect safely’s exemplary tips on cyberbullying


An interesting site from the perspective of victim support – some good points available if you explore it.

Section 5 – Sexting, image sharing etc


Childline’s area for sexting: this is where you can find information on their new-ish app “Zipit” which is one approach to dealing with receiving images from people known to you.


A “young person” styled site looking at responding to requests from peers.  Offers a slightly different perspective on deflecting requests to get into sexting etc.

 Section 6 – Radicalisation, lifestyle choice concerns


Papyrus is a site devoted to prevention of young suicide.


A UK government site with advice on radicalisation


A good first port of call for radicalisation information

Section 7 – Miscellaneous


This site allows you to request an e-magazine which is full of interesting articles on the subject.

bbc iwonder

A BBC area with advice for parents.

BBC webwise.  A variety of suggestions and resources: some good videos here for most aspects of online safety.


Google Family Safety – recently rewritten and full of good advice including how to report inappropriate images in search results, safe mode on YouTube and much else.

Windows Family Safety for Windows 10 – really useful step by step guide


Mac users advice


Good explanation of restrictions on iPads


Familylives – a page discussing the background to talking to young people about pornography.


Askfm – which for a time had a certain reputation for bullying, has taken great trouble to make it easier to look after the user’s safety with their new safety area.


Disney’s site with some useful info.