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.

And for schools and teachers, we've got free classroom resources that can be used in the classroom to help children

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 information or content on search engines like Google and Bing
  • share images and watch videos through websites or mobile apps like InstagramPinterestVine and YouTube
  • use social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter
  • write or reply to messages on forums and message boards
  • play games alone or with others through websites, apps or game consoles
  • chat with other people through online games, BBM (Blackberry Messenger), game consoles, webcams, social networks and tools like Whatsapp

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.

Online games: helping children to play safe

Find out about the risks of online gaming, how to decide what games are best for your child and ways to keep them safe.
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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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Talking to your child about staying safe online

We have the advice you need to start the conversation.

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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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Be 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

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. 

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Video chat, sharing and streaming apps

Learn more about video apps like Muscal.ly 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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E-safety advice and support for teachers

Keeping children safe online - online course

Online training to give you a clear understanding of how children use the internet and other digital technology. Cost: £30
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Share Aware – resources for schools and teachers

Helping teachers and practitioners provide no-nonsense advice to children to help them stay safe online
Download our teaching resources

Safeguarding and child protection in schools

Learn more about the information, advice and training we offer to help schools keep children safe from abuse.
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Online abuse

Online abuse is any type of abuse that happens on the web, whether through social networks, playing online games or using mobile phones. 
Read more about online abuse

Sexting: advice for professionals

What to do if a child or young person has received or sent an explicit image, video or message.
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Safeguarding in Education Self-Assessment Tool (ESAT)

ESAT is for designated safeguarding leads in schools in England to assess how well they are meeting statutory and recommended safeguarding practices.
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