Social media is a great way to share with friends and people all over the world. It can be a lot of fun and there are so many apps and tools to allow ourselves to be creative. We do need to be careful though, and aware there are many people, adults and children who also use social media and may want to harm or upset us.
Useful resources for Parents and Carers
It may feel awkward, but it's important to explain to children the risks of sexting, how to stay safe and remind them that they can talk to you if something ever makes them feel scared or uncomfortable.
A family agreement is a great way to start a conversation with your whole family about how you all use the internet and discuss together how to behave in a positive way when online at home, at school or at a friends house. Our family agreement advice provides a list of things to consider when creating a family agreement and some examples. The family agreement template provides a framework that will help families set clear expectations for positive and safe internet use.
Most online services offer some safety features that can help users to manage access to age-inappropriate content, report concerns or protect privacy.
Children love using technology and are learning to navigate websites, online games and consoles, and touch screen technology like iPads and smartphones from a younger and younger age.
This advice contains top tips for parents and carers for keeping young children safe online.
The internet is increasingly used as a gateway by offenders to commit crimes including sexual assaults, sexual exploitation and grooming. To tackle this issue, Childline is launching a new campaign, #ListenToYourSelfie aimed at helping young people recognise the signs of grooming and unhealthy relationships, both online and offline.
Funded by BBC Children in Need, the campaign features two films where selfies come to life and question a situation. The Game focuses on a same-sex online grooming scenario and The Party highlights peer to peer sexual pressure and grooming.