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Staying Safe Online

The government has issued the following guidance for parents and carers for keeping your child safe online:

Whilst there are huge benefits to being online in order to stay connected to family and friends during this period, the government recognises many parents may feel concerned about the activities and content their children are accessing. This guidance outlines resources to help keep children safe from different risks online and where to go to receive support and advice.

Keep your child safe online

It is important to have regular conversations about staying safe online and to encourage children to speak to you if they come across something worrying online.

These resources provide guidance for parents and carers to keep children safe online. They will, amongst other things, support you to talk to your child about a range of online safety issues, set up home filtering in a child-friendly way and set up age-appropriate parental controls on digital devices:

What harms might my child experience online?

You may have concerns about specific harms which children can experience online. There are more resources to help you understand and protect your child from different harms online, including:

  • child sexual abuse – a definition

  • exposure to radicalising content

  • youth-produced sexual imagery (‘sexting’)

  • cyberbullying

  • exposure to age-inappropriate content, such as pornography

  • exposure to harmful content, such as suicide content

The full guidance can be found here:


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