Online safety

We’ve teamed up with O2 to help you keep children safe when they're using the internet, social networks, apps, games and more.

The internet is amazing. Children can play, learn, create and connect - opening up a whole world of exciting possibilities. But with the digital world changing all the time, how can you make sure your child’s staying safe?

That’s where we come in. Whether you’re an online expert or you’re not sure where to start, our tools and advice will help you keep your child safe.

Share Aware TEAM guide

Children and young people go online to connect with friends, and make new ones, to browse the internet for information, chat with others and play games. They may: 

  • search for content on search engines like Google
  • create, share, comment on or 'like' images or videos through apps such as, Instagram and Snapchat
  • keep up-to-date with friends and celebrities on social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter and Instagram
  • live-stream videos through sites such as Facebook Live and Instagram Live
  • communicate with others using voice and video chat, or instant messenger. This can take place on social networks, through messaging apps like Whatsapp and in some types of games
  • play games through websites, apps or game consoles. They may also watch others playing games or stream their own game-play through sites such as Twitch and YouTube

When online, children and young people can learn new things, get help with homework, express themselves creatively and connect with friends and family.

There are also risks, but by understanding and talking about the dangers you can help keep your child safe online.

How safe are the sites, apps and games your child uses?

Run in partnership with O2, Net Aware offers parents useful information about each social network, including the age guidance for users. 

Visit Net Aware

Talk to someone about online safety

Whether you want to set up parental controls, adjust privacy settings or get advice on social networks, experts from the free O2 & NSPCC helpline are here to help.

0808 800 5002

Helping children to stay safe online

How to set up parental controls

Innocent searches sometimes reveal not so innocent results. So if you’re worried about what your child is searching for online, who they’re talking to or what they’re seeing, we can help.

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Share Aware

Just like in real life, kids need your help to stay safe online. Our advice will help you keep your child safe on social networks, apps and games.
Be Share Aware

Talking to your child about staying safe online

We have the advice you need to start the conversation.

Start the conversation

Online games: helping children to play safe

Learn about the risks of online gaming, how to choose the right games for your child and ways to keep them safe.

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Sign up to our Icebreaker emails

Get our series of 6 emails, packed full of useful tips, advice and activities to help you have conversations with your child about staying safe online.

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Technology, toys and the internet: Keeping your child safe

Read our tips on how to keep your child safe when using internet-connected devices.

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Video chat, sharing and streaming apps

Learn more about video apps like and Periscope, the risks children face when using them and what you can do to help 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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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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Who knows more about the online world?

Get the whole family together and take the O2 and NSPCC Parent’s Vs Kids quiz online today! See who knows the most about the digital world and learn a bit more about staying safe online.

Play Parents vs Kids

Work or volunteer with children and families?

Visit NSPCC Learning for information, resources and training to help you safeguard and protect children and young people across the UK.

Go to NSPCC Learning