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Staying safe online

Keeping your child safer online

This week we're sharing resources and guidance about helping children to cope with the change and uncertainty we all face. With increased usage of online learning here’s some top tips and activities for keeping safe online.

If you don't have much time...

Do these Three Key Things to keep children safe online:

  1. Check the settings on all devices that your children use see the NSPCC's excellent guide on how to do this
  2. Aim for a balance of activities including time in the day when children have a break from screen time. Harold's Daily Diary has lots of non-screen ideas for younger children.
  3. Talk to your child about safety. Explain that if something they experience online makes them confused or just feels wrong then they need to tell you about it straight away.

Read CEOP Parents' and Carers' help sheets if you haven’t already, done so. There is one for primary-age children.

These contain key online safety advice and links to our resources, as well as support services.

You can also  read the govermnment guidance about this.

Here are more resources to help...

Internet Matters – A useful tool showing how to set parental controls across a range of devices and websites. Click here.

Parent Info – Expert information for parents about digital family life Click here.

NSPCC PANTS (The underwear rule) – A simple way to keep children safe from abuse, by teaching them to remember the 5 rules that spell ‘PANTS’.  Click here.

Things I’m learning about…

How to keep myself safe online.

Kids Playing, Connected, Childhood

Things I can think about…

  • What can I do to keep safe online?
  • When do I need to ask permission?
  • What should I do if I see something scary online?

Things I can to do…

If you are age 5 or under, these will be great for you! Click here!

If you are age 5 to 7, these will be great for you! Click here!

If you are age 8 or older, these will be best for you! Click here!

Message for parents and carers.... CEOP are producing a different set of resources every two weeks. Just click on these links and you'll get to choose from them. You might want to start with the first and work through them. 


SCARF values I thought about...

Which of the SCARF values did the activities include?

You can point to these, or if you're making a SCARF journal you can write them down and tick those you did. There's no right or wrong answer! It's up to you to decide!







If you liked this, try this...

Make a Staying Safe Online poster or manual with some top tips for helping other children to stay safe online. Maybe if you have time, add pictures and bright colours to make help get their attention. You could share your top tips with friends or others in your family!