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Online safety for parents and carers

Being online is an integral part of children and young people’s day to day lives. Parents and carers can help alert children and young people to risks and dangers that the internet and social media can pose so they can use it safely and speak to you if something online is worrying them.

Find tips and resources below.


Keeping Children Safe Online The NSPPCC website has useful tips for parents to ensure their child’s safety Online and on Social Media.
Internet Matters’ advice for parents on ensuring safety of children and young people online Includes practical ways to ensure your child’s safety online, including using safety features and privacy settings on your child’s mobile, computer and laptop.
Action for Children blog and resources In this blog, Action for Children explore the impact of social media on young people’s mental health with advice on how to use it safely.
Plugged In: The True Toxicity of Social Media Revealed A documentary featuring a range of healthcare professionals exploring the negative impact of social media on young people’s mental health.
Social Media and Young People’s Mental Health An ‘A-Z mental health guide’ for parents with training and resources.
Barnardo’s social media and children’s mental health campaign An awareness campaign highlighting using social media safely.
Young Minds’ social media guide for parents and carers If you are worried about your child or teenager using the internet, this guide provides tips and advice for talking to your child about their use of social media and the internet.
Good Thinking podcast on parenting in a digital world World expert on digital parenting Sonia Livingstone provides insights and advice about parenting in the digital present and future.
Childhood 2.0 film with parents, young adults and child experts For parents and carers who want to understand their child’s experience of the digital age and social media.
Signs of addiction to social media Cygnet’s blog exploring the rise of social media and signs that young people are getting addicted to it.