Keeping children safe online

Together, we can keep every child safe online. Check out our free online safety advice and help us campaign for their safety.

1 in 5 internet users in the UK are children.1

We are doing everything we can to keep children safe online. We support parents with up-to-date online safety advice. We’re fighting for laws to make the internet safer for children. And we’re here to protect children and help them recognise and recover from online abuse.

Together, we can keep every child safe online.

Online safety resources

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It may feel daunting to talk about staying safe online – especially when your children are using the internet differently to you. We have advice and support to help:

Free online safety resources
From setting up parental controls to advice on sexting, online games and video apps, we can help you to understand the risks and keep your child safe. Read our guides below.

Start a conversation about online safety
We have advice about how to start talking to your child about online safety and how to make sure they know they can turn to you about anything that worries them.

Book a free online safety webinar
The NSPCC are offering free webinars for groups of parents and carers, making it easy for you to keep your family safe online. Email us to book your place.

Reviews of 80+ apps and platforms on Net Aware
Get expert risk ratings and age recommendations on our reviewed apps, sites and games. We provide a safety and support rating to help parents make informed decisions. Visit NetAware.

Worried or need some advice? 

Whatever your worry, our helpline is here to help. Call us on 0808 800 5000, email help@nspcc.org.uk or fill in our online form to get advice and support from safeguarding experts.

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The internet is an important part of every child’s life. And during the lockdowns last year we were all online more than ever.  

Our Childline website has support and advice about a whole range of topics to do with online and mobile safety, like: 

We also have tools and resources for children and young people: 

  • Report Remove 
    The Report Remove tool helps young people report and remove nude images or content shared online  
  • Zipit 
    The ZipIt app helps young people deal with peer pressure to send nude images online 
  • Coping Kit 
    The Coping Kit has offline activity ideas to help children and young people cope with feeling low or bored 

Get support from Childline

If you’re 19 or younger you can get confidential support from Childline counsellors about anything that worries you. We’re here to help 365 days a year. Call, email or chat with our counsellors online.

Get support from Childline

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If you work with children or in safeguarding – our NSPCC Learning site has tailored resources to help you keep children safe online.  

From keeping children safe online during the coronavirus pandemic to protecting children from online abuse – we have advice, guides, draft policy statements, elearning courses and more to help you manage online risks. 

See our online safety resources

Take our online safety training course

Our highly-rated interactive elearning course on online safety will teach you about how children and young people use existing technology, the risks involved and how to protect them from harmful content online in your context.

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Worried or need some advice? 

Whatever your worry, our helpline is here to help. Call us on 0808 800 5000, email help@nspcc.org.uk or fill in our online form to get advice and support from safeguarding experts.

We won't stop until every child is safe online


Together we will stop online abuse
Young people are being bullied, abused and exploited online every single day. We're here - working with communities and transforming the online world to make it safer. Together we can make sure every child has somwhere to turn for support.


Making the online world safer
Young users are not being protected from online harms, abuse, bullying and grooming. Help us pass the Online Harms Bill and force big tech companies to make changes to protect all their users.

Help us end the Wild West Web


Technology moves so fast
Apps and social networks are changing all the time. We find out what the risks might be to children and digest all of that into easy, bite-sized information, so you feel confident helping children stay safe online.

Help us keep children safe online

The law should protect children online

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We’ve been campaigning for laws to keep children safe online – regulating big tech firms and forcing them to protect their young users. Right now, the government’s Online Safety Bill doesn’t do enough to tackle the ways children are at risk. We won’t stop until every child is safe online.

Take action now


References

  1. Information Commissioner’s Office (2020) Age appropriate design: a code of practice for online services.