Keeping children safe

Find out how you can keep children safe from abuse and other dangers, both online and in the physical world.

From talking PANTS to approaching difficult issues, we have a range of tips and advice to help you keep children safe whether they’re at home, out and about or online.

Staying safe online and on mobile

Online safety

We've joined forces with O2 to provide parents with the skills and tools they need to help keep their children safe whenever and wherever they go online. 

Get online safety advice

Talking to your child about staying safe online

Get tips on starting the conversation and what to do if you're ever worried about your child's online safety.

Talking about online safety

Share Aware

Children are told it's good to share, but sharing too much online can be dangerous. Help your child stay safe on social networks, apps and games.
Be Share Aware

Minecraft: a parent’s guide

Minecraft is one of the most popular games, but it's not always easy to know how to keep children safe while they play the game. We can help you know the risks of Minecraft so you can keep children safe.
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Pokémon Go: a parent's guide

Advice for keeping children safe on Pokémon Go
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Sexting

How to talk to children about the risks of sexting - and what you can do to protect them
What you can do about sexting

Online porn

Advice on how to talk to your child about the risks of online porn and sexually explicit material.
Online porn

Parental controls

Parental controls are a key part of the parent’s toolkit, and a great first step to help keep your child safe online, says Internet Matters
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Playing games online: how to avoid risks and stay safe

Tips on choosing a tablet, smartphone or games console for your child and setting up controls
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More tips and advice for parents

Let's talk PANTS!

The Underwear Rule - #TalkPANTS - is a simple way that parents can help keep children safe from abuse. Join Pantosaurus and parents talking PANTS.
Find out about PANTS

Home alone

This guide to keeping your child safe at home answers questions about when your children can be left on their own.
Advice on leaving a child alone

Staying safe away from home

Your guide to when your child's old enough to be out on their own, and how to teach them to keep safe while they're away
Keeping children safe away from home

Talking about difficult topics

There are lots of ways to make it a bit less painful for you both when it comes time to talk about a 'difficult' subject.
Get advice for parents

Drugs and alcohol

Lots of parents are concerned about underage drinking, drug taking and challenging behaviour. Find out how you can keep your child safe and aware of the risks.
Get advice

Self-harm

Information about why children self-harm, how to spot the signs and what you can do about it.
Advice about self-harm

Mental health and suicidal thoughts in children

Learn about the signs of mental health problems and suicidal thoughts in children - and find out how you can help them. 
Read our advice

Baby and toddler safety

Advice and tips for parents on bonding with your baby, crying, difficult behaviour and what to do if you can't cope.
Read about baby safety

Separation, divorce and contact

Even though the relationship has ended between the adults, their role as parents has not stopped. Know your rights and make sure children get the right support.
Get advice for parents

Gangs and young people

Why young people join gangs, and what you can do to help protect a child involved with a gang.
Find out about gangs

Healthy sexual behaviour in children and young people

Useful advice on what is normal sexual behaviour, warning signs that suggest there may be a problem, and how best to react.
What is healthy sexual behaviour?

What to do if you suspect abuse

These are the steps you can take to help keep a child safe from abuse and to protect a child if you suspect they've been abused.
Find out what to do

Help us keep children safe

Little Stars

Name a light on London's Oxford Street for someone special this Christmas.

Choose a Little Star

Help protect children from online grooming

We fixed the Flaw in the Law, but the Government are dawdling. Ask them to make it illegal for an adult to send a sexual message to a child.

Find out more

Call for Help

This Christmas, a child will contact Childline every 25 seconds. Donate now to help us answer their call.

Donate now

Find an NSPCC event

From marathons to gala dinners, there's an event you can do to raise money and help give children the childhood they deserve.
Find an event

Volunteering for NSPCC and Childline

Join the fight for every childhood through one of our volunteering opportunities.
Volunteering for NSPCC and Childline

Report abuse

Our helpline is here 24/7. So if you’re worried about a child, you can always talk to us.
Report abuse to our helpline