Online Safety - guidance for parents/carers


The following links will provide help for adults with regards to keeping children safe online:

NSPCC - Talking to your child about online safety. This website has advice on how to start the conversation with your child and get support if there's something that worries  you.

Hampshire Online Safety Guide - this resource has advice for parents, carers and young people about relevant online issues. It includes guidance on how to set privacy settings and controlling and monitoring activity online. 

ParentZone - lots of advice here about using sites such as Disney+, Amazon Prime, FacebookPortal safely and to benefit the whole family - this government website gives information about security and privacy settings. 

ThinkUKnow - provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) about staying safe online. 

Parentinfo - this website is a collaboration between ParentZone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations. 

InternetMatters - this website provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides to set parental controls on a range of devices and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world. There are some specific links below. 

Set parental controls on smartphones and other devices

Set parental controls on broadband and mobile networks - this will help to limit the inappropriate content a child might see

Gaming Consoles and platforms - get up to speed with restrictions you can add to ensure your children a safe and enjoyable experience. 

Social media privacy guides - there is an age recommendation of 13 years+ for children accessing social media. These privacy guides will help you to decide on the right privacy settings to have. 

Entertainment and search engines - Children search for all sorts of things online, to make sure they don’t stumble across things they shouldn’t, you can use these parental control guides to set the right controls on their sites and apps to keep them safe.

Get children's tech set up safely - give your child the power to create, connect and share safely online with these step-by-step controls and privacy guides.

Digital Parenting - this guide, published by Vodafone, contains a lot of helpful information, advice and guidance for parents. 

NetAware - this has support from the NSPCC for parents and carers, including a guide to social networks, apps and games. 

Let's Talk About It - has advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation.

UK Safer Internet Centre - has tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services.


To report any harmful content to the UK Safer Internet centre, use the following link: Report Harmful Content

Get advice on reporting online abuse from the National Crime Agency's Child Exploitation Agency, click the following link: CEOP


The following links will give advice and support about supporting children through the pandemic: 

Children's Guide to Coronavirus - this has some ideas about helping children express their worries. 

The InterAgency Standing Committee have produced a children's storybook to help children understand about what is going on in the world right now. You can access the book by clicking this link: Children's Storybook

EveryMindMatters - this NHS run website gives some help and advice to help manage our own mental health at  this time. 

Advice for parents - there is some advice here about helping children to stay connected online whilst keeping safe. 

Change4Life - this website gives ideas and advice about staying physically and mentally healthy.