Social media, gaming and the internet are a big part of young people's lives, enabling them to stay in touch with friends and learn about new things. We want all our young people and families to be educated about how to safe online and to be informed of how to use technology and the internet appropriately and there are lots of free resources available.
NSPCC Net-Aware offers information on the vast number of apps available and also has a free online safety helpline. Internet Matters has an interactive tool providing step by step guidance on setting up parental controls on different devices and Get Safe Online covers practical information on protection against fraud and identity theft.
If you have any concerns about a young person being contacted inappropriately online or by a stranger, you should report this to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
Here are some posters from National Safety Online with some more helpful tips and guidance, for children and parents.