Online Safety Update

Created for Northumberland Schools

Parent Zone - the new parent hub

A hub of advice for families from Parent Zone’s experts

  • fun, free activities
  • a fortnightly parent bulletin
  • Be Internet Legends livestreams
  • a digital noticeboard – for sharing Instagram posts and more
  • expert online safety advice

Download the 'Uniquely Me' Parent Guide

The Dove Self-Esteem Project has already reached the lives of millions of children and young people worldwide – but we don’t want to stop there.

Our mission is to make body confidence education available to even more people – through resources you can use at home.

The free Uniquely Me Parent’s Guide equips parents with the materials they need to teach their children and young people about the importance of a healthy body image, nurture their self-esteem and empower them to reach their full potential.

It includes:

  • Expert advice
  • Activities for boosting self-esteem
  • Action checklists
  • ...and lots more to get this important conversation started.

The O2 | NSPCC helpline

Bringing together O2’s tech know-how and the NSPCC’s expertise in protecting children

Need to talk to someone?

Sometimes it's easier to talk about a problem. That's why we've set up our advice line, to answer any questions you or your child might have about staying safe online.

Whether you're after techy advice on things like:

  • information about an app or service in general
  • privacy setting on apps
  • parental controls on your wifi

Or want help with more personal matters such as:

  • how to stop online bullying
  • what to do about who your child's messaging
  • how to talk about sexting.

We're here to help.

Whatever you're worried about, big or small, give us a call on 0808 800 5002 for free, Mon–Fri, 10am–4pm. If your child's worried about you talking to us, you can call us together, and we'll reassure you both.

Childnet's online safety activities

As young people are spending more time at home, with their families, and on devices, Childnet have pulled together a list of resources that you can use with them to explore online safety in a fun, engaging and educational way.
Online safety activities you can do from home

Includes resources for each age group

Gaming : a video guide for parents and carers

Thinkuknow's new video guide and accompanying article , developed in collaboration with The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (Ukie), helps parents and carers to understand:

  • How in-game chat works;
  • How it might be abused by others, and;
  • What they can do to help keep their children safe whilst using in-game chat

New from Parent Info: active gaming and Roblox guide

Gaming can be an active experience for children and young people. A new Parent Info article explores how active gaming works and the games available that help them stay active.

Parents and carers asking for advice on Roblox?

Parent Info's guide takes a look at how the platform is used and how it can be made safer for children.

Government guidance for parents

Government guidance for parents - online harms

The government has produced a useful webpage listing sources of advice and support for keeping children safe. The guide includes information about:

  • Protect children from domestic abuse
  • Teenage relationship abuse
  • Child sexual abuse and exploitation
  • Sexual assault referral centres
  • Crime, Criminal Exploitation and County Lines, violence and gangs
  • Protect children from radicalisation
  • Prevent
  • Online child safety
  • Mental health