The internet can be a fantastic place for children and young people where they can talk to friends, be creative and have fun. However, just like in the real world sometimes things can go wrong. If you or your child are worried or upset about something which has happened on the internet there is help out there.
Click CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) for advice or to report a problem.
Think you know for advice on social media, selfies and sexting
Safe Texting – Click here for texting abbreviations commonly used in ‘sexting’
Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook etc. Please Click here for a summary covering the most used apps
Smartphone Safety Please see information and advice here: https://www.tigermobiles.com/2015/05/how-to-protect-your-children-on-their-smartphone/
Net Aware http://www.net-aware.org.uk/ A site where parents review and rate social media apps and sites based on the features and how appropriate they are.
Digital Safety: Staying Safe Online https://www.budgetdirect.com.au/blog/digital-safety-staying-safe-online.html A blog post that gives an overview of dangers on the Internet and how to deal with them, such as child online safety, social media safety, etc.
Better Internet for Kids https://www.betterinternetforkids.eu/ A site promoting safe digital habits for children throughout Europe. Has blog posts for trending internet topics and a hotline where families can receive support, and report anything suspicious online.
E-Safety Support https://www.e-safetysupport.com/
Childline: www.childline.org.uk Free phone number: 0800 1111 National organisation offering online support and telelphone support to young people in distress. Top Tip: If you do not get along with the person you speak to over the phone, hang up and re-dial – they don’t mind.
Samaritans: www.samaritans.org.uk call free any time, from any phone on 116 123. National organisation which offers 24 hour telephone and face to face emotional support to people in distress. Website offers useful information pages about different mental health difficulties.
Young Minds: www.youngminds.org.uk Young Minds promotes mental health issues within young people. A wealth of information about different mental health issues which affect young people. A range of information and leaflets can be downloaded.
Parent Zone and CEOP (expert information to help children and young people stay safe online) www.parentinfo.org
National Children’s Bureau (Fit for the Future Residential child care in UK) www.ncb.org.uk
NCYPE (National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy) www.ncype.org.uk
Disability Rights Handbook (Guide to benefits and services) www.disabilityalliance.org
The National Autistic Society www.nas.org.uk
LDA Learning (education resources for children with learning disabilities) www.ldalearning.com
I Can (children’s communication charity) www.ican.org.uk
ConnectSafely give you news, perspective and advice on safe, successful use of social media and technology for parents, kids & teens http://www.connectsafely.org/
Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal information- https://www.gov.uk/courts-tribunals/first-tier-tribunal-special-educational-needs-and-disability
The Department of Education site provides a wide range of information, advice and materials for teachers, parents, LAs and others caring for or working with disabled children and young people or those with SEN in England.