You can use your computer, mobile phone or tablet for lots of fun things and to make lots of new friends from all over the world.
This section of our website will provide you with links to really useful advice on how to be careful when you use the internet and some great tips to keep safe. If you are worried about anything you see online or people are asking you questions about where you live or saying nasty things to you please speak to your parents or teacher or follow any of the links below for help and advice.
It’s even more important to keep safe online and practise all the tips you’ve learned in school at this difficult time, as we have to spend most of our time inside and communicate using electronic devices and the Internet.
The Children’s Commissioner has produced a Digital Safety and Wellbeing kit, which includes a children’s guide to staying safe online, as well as a parents’ guide.
Parent Info is collaboration between CEOP and Parent Zone and provides information to parents and carers about their children’s wellbeing and resilience, internet safety and a wide range of other topic matters like relationships and body image.
SWGfL (South West Grid for Learning) have lots of helpful and informative resources for parents to support keeping safe online.
Think U Know Website
We all like to use the computer for fun. The Think U Know website will help you go on the internet in a safe way and tell you who to talk to if you are worried. You can also find out about Lee & Kim’s adventures or watch Hector and his friends learning to use computers safely.
- Always ask a grown up before you use the internet. They can help you find the best thing to do.
- Don’t tell strangers where you live, your phone number or where you go to school. Only your friends and family need to know that.
- Don’t send pictures to people you don’t know. You don’t want strangers looking at photos of you, your friends or your family.
- Tell a grown up if you feel scared or unhappy about anything.
If you want to talk to someone else you can call ‘Childline’, which is a place where people who are nice can help you. They won’t tell anyone that you have called and it’s free. You can phone them on: 0800 1111. If you are worried about anything, online or offline, you will find lots of help and support on the Childline website. You can also find videos to watch and games to play as well as the Childline app to download.
The Internet Matters website has lots of advice and support for parents to keep their child safe, and a whole new resource section to help families adjusting to a “new normal” following the measures taken to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Net Aware from the NSPCC
Be Smart be cool – Be smart online.
What’s your favourite thing to do online. Visit the KidSMART website and learn more about the internet and being a SMART surfer. Learn the SMART Rules with Kara Winston and the SMART Crew. If anything goes wrong online or upsets you make sure you tell someone about it. Download a poster of the SMART Rules by clicking the link below.
The Childnet website has a massive amount of help, advice and resources for children and parents and carers. The Childnet Film Competition can be entered individually this year, and is open to all young people based in the UK. The challenge is to create a short film or a storyboard with a script in response to this year’s theme: “We want an internet where we’re free to…”
Find out more here.