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How to stay safe online: supporting parents and carers to keep children safe

Last updated: 01 Aug 2023 Topics: Blog
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By Maisy Watkins, Child Safety Online Project Officer

Children and young people live seamlessly across the online and offline worlds. Whether using social media or apps to stay connected, playing online games or accessing the internet through mobile phones, computers, laptops and tablets – being online is an integral part of their lives.

Why is online safety important?

The internet and new technologies provide opportunities for children and young people’s learning and growth, but being online can also expose them to new types of risk. This includes the risks of online abuse and grooming. Children and young people may also see harmful or inappropriate content, whether they come across this intentionally or accidentally.

Tips to stay safe online

We believe that going online should be a positive experience for all children. Parents and carers play a vital role in helping children and young people understand how to stay safe online. But online safety can also be a daunting issue, especially as it can sometimes feel that technology is developing faster than you can keep up. So it’s important that professionals working or volunteering with children and young people support parents and carers in keeping their children safe online.

The NSPCC website has lots of information to help parents and carers feel informed, confident and happy about helping children stay safe online - including six top tips to support children's online wellbeing.

How can professionals support parents to talk about online safety?

We have a range of guides that you can share with parents and carers to help them have conversations with their children about how to stay safe online.

You can also help parents and carers understand more about online safety by:

You’ll find more advice for parents and carers on the NSPCC website including information about social media, online gaming, parental controls, sharing nudes, livestreaming, harmful content and online reporting.

Children and young people can access online safety information and advice on the Childline website.

Online safety elearning to help you keep children safe online

If you'd like to learn more about online safety or increase your knowledge and confidence to help keep children safe, then our online safetg traininf courses can help.

They are CPD-certified, provide a personalised certificate of completion and learners have access to a range of further information and resources. You can train anytime, anywhere and access the course as many times as you like in one year. What’s more, income generated from the sale of our training courses is reinvested back into the NSPCC so you'll be helping us protect even more children.

Keeping children safe online

Our introductory course covers the range of online safety knowledge you need - including new and emerging online harms, sex and relationships online and bullying.

> Find out more about our online safety elearning course

Online community management

If you are setting up, or already running, an online community this course will help you safely manage your virtual environment for children and young people.

> See online community management training

Sharing nudes and semi-nudes training

There are many reasons why young people may share nude or semi-nude images, videos or livestreams online. This elearning course looks at the issues and risks involved and the steps you need to take to effectively safeguard young people.

> See sharing nudes and semi-nudes training course

More online safety information for professionals

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