Cyberbullying and online harassment can be extremely distressing. They can be even be classed as criminal offences in some cases.
However, there are plenty of organisations you can turn to for help, including charities, social media service providers, and the police.
See the link below to find out more about what online bullying is, how you can avoid it, and where you go for advice.
The internet is an amazing resource which enables children and young people to connect, communicate and be creative in a number of different ways, on a range of devices. However, the internet is always changing, and being able to keep up to date with your children’s use of technology can be a challenge. You may sometimes feel that your children have better technical skills than you do, however children and young people still need advice and protection when it comes to managing their lives online and using the internet positively and safely.
It is becoming increasingly common for children and young people to communicate online using photos and videos. Many new social networks, apps and services have become popular with young people over the last few years because of the ease with which they allow users to create, edit and share their photos and videos.
Here are some statistics to provide some insight into just how popular image creation and sharing is:
• Images and videos get 8,500 likes and 1,000 comments per second on Instagram
• The equivalent of 110 years of live video is watched on Periscope every day
• 400 million snaps (photos) are sent on Snapchat every day
• On Instagram, photos showing faces are 38% more likely to get ‘likes’ than photos
• 300 million photos are uploaded to Facebook every day
See below to access some free Parent Guides to download for keeping your children safe online on different social media platforms.
Visit our Safer Internet Day pages below, to find out more about the different online safety themes over the years.
The internet is such an integral part of children's lives these days. It opens up so many educational and social opportunities, giving them access to, quite literally, a world of information and experiences.
Whether on a computer at school, a laptop at home, a games console, iPod, tablet or smartphone, children and young people are increasingly accessing the internet whenever they can and wherever they are. Our young people are'DIGITAL NATIVES' ... living in a world filled largely by 'DIGITAL IMMIGRANTS' (adults!).
As you would protect your child in the real world, you will want to make sure that they are safe whatever they are doing. Like learning to cross the road, online safety skills are skills for life. If your child understands the risks and can make sensible and informed choices online, they can get the most from the internet and stay safe whilst doing so – particularly from those people who might seek them out to harm them.
Research by Ofcom shows that 78% of 5-7 year olds are now using the internet*, so learning about online safety is as integral as learning to cross the road.
Within the UK, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre, the national Centre for child protection, spearheads activities and launches resources to raise awareness and empower children and young people.
Throughout Europe, schools, local authorities, safeguarding children’s boards and the police all work together to raise awareness of online safety.
*Research from OFCOM, UK children’s media literacy: interim report Sept 2009
How safe is your child?
Are you really aware of what they are doing on their phones/tablets/laptops?
Do you know your child's passwords and do you regularly check that your child is safe and have conversations with them about their online safety? There are lots of useful links below. The top link has up to date guidance for parents on the latest social media apps and games that children are using and tips and advice on current trends.
Also on this page there are links to other supporting websites and very useful and informative documents for parents and teachers of all aged children giving advice.