Online Safety - learn about staying safe online
The Internet can be a fantastic place for children and young people to explore, where they can talk to friends, be creative and have fun. However, just like in the real world sometimes things can go wrong.
The information and advice on this page is available in a variety of formats to appeal to young children/teenagers, parents/carers and teachers/professionals alike to help them keep up to date with the ever changing 'online' environment.
On this page there are informational videos, downloadable documents and, further down this page, many external web links, covering a multitude of online safety issues and situations from many organisations and public service providers.
If a child or young person you know is worried or upset about something which has happened on the Internet there is help out there.
Safer Internet Day – Tuesday 5th February 2019 (SID 2019)
“Our Internet, Our Choice: Understanding Consent in a Digital World”
Safer Internet Day will focus on how consent works in an online context and will ask young people to explore how they ask, give, and receive consent online. This could be in their friendships or relationships, how they take and share images and videos or how they manage their privacy and data.
A range of resources for parents and carers for Safer Internet Day 2019 can be found below.
Help your kids stay safe online with the BBC
Recently the BBC launched ‘Own It’, a new website full of fun and empowering tips, insight, stories and advice to help 9-12 year olds get the most out of their time online. https://www.bbc.com/ownit
The site aims to help children develop the confidence and resilience to tackle the everyday challenges they face online. Own It brings a child’s perspective of online life and the issues it throws up. It covers everything from online privacy and avoiding malware, through to dealing with everyday dilemmas children face online, as well as having fun. Quick links to charities and organisations like Childline, whose phone lines and online chat can provide urgent support should children need it, will also be available.