It can be hard to keep track of what your child is doing on social networks, apps and games. Or know how to keep them safe.
That's why we've teamed up with O2. Together we're helping parents untangle the web. And teach their children to be Share Aware.
Because, just like in real life, kids need your help to stay safe online.
Talk about their online world
We talk to children about crossing the road, bullying and speaking to strangers. But what about staying safe in the digital world?
Having regular conversations about what your child is doing online - just like you would their day at school - is the best way to keep them safe.
You'll be able to spot any problems, encourage them to come to you if they’re worried and make sure they know what’s ok to share online - and what’s not.
You can find out more about the social networks, apps and games your child uses with our Net Aware tool.
3 tips to help start the conversation
1. Explore sites and apps together and talk about any concerns.
2. Ask your child if they know how to stay safe online.
3. Talk about personal information and what to share online.
Get more advice about how to talk to your child to help them stay safe.
Creating a family agreement is a great way to start talking about online safety.
It'll help your child understand what behaviour is appropriate when they're online. And they'll know who they can turn to if they are ever worried about anything they see or do.
Download and print our agreement template to get started.
Get support whenever you need it
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.
If you have a question about parental controls or concern about a social network your child uses, expert advisors at our free helpline are here to help.
Get help from an O2 Guru
Anyone can get free online safety advice from O2’s friendly experts in-person at an O2 store. They can help you set up parental controls, or teach you how to make a phone safe for a child.
Explore popular social networks, apps and games
Children and young people use social networks to:
- share photos or videos
- chat with people via messages, voice calls or video
- film and broadcast videos via live-streaming
- play games
To learn more about children's favourite social networks, their suggested ages and how to use privacy settings, visit Net Aware.
What social networks are children using?
From Facebook and Instagram to Snapchat and YouTube, Net Aware is a simple guide for parents to the most popular social networks, apps and games
More ways to be Share Aware
Manage parental controls
We can help you set up parental controls to block upsetting or harmful content and help keep your child safe online.
Share Aware - resources for schools and teachers
Find lesson plans and classroom guidance about staying safe online on our NSPCC Learning website.
What parents need to know to help keep your child safe wherever and whenever they go online.
Download Share Aware guide
If you're not sure where to start, download our guide for top tips on how to be share aware and talk to your child about staying safe online.
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