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online safety

There’s a lot of advice out there but here's what every parent needs to know about online safety.

A parents guide to WhatsApp

Teenagers love WhatsApp – as do a lot of parents. Here's what you need to know about it...

Off-limits online

The digital world is so new that half the time we don't know what the rules are. In fact, there are plenty of laws governing what you can and can't do online. Here's our guide to what you should and shouldn't be doing online (legally, anyway).

Fitness apps

How to spot if your child is taking things too far.

Google screen grab - critical thinking

Advice on how to help your child learn to question what they see or hear online.

pegi descriptors

Video games ratings explained in full.

child looking at tablet

How the communications regulator tackles harmful or inappropriate material.

online safety advice for children

A selection of the most popular articles that you have looked at in our first year.

Keeping kids safe online poster

A number of schools have asked us about a Parent Info poster to put up around the school or send home to parents, telling them about the service.

Well, now we have one - and here it is! 

social media

Top tips on how to help your child make their online presence work for them.

Kik messenger

What adults need to know about the app their children love using.

Boy on tablet

How to keep your family safe when viewing video on demand and films online and on mobile devices.

Internet troll

Sadly, once your child explores the online world, they may find a troll waiting for them. Here's how to help them cope.

Family digital

Parents sometimes end up paying unexpectedly large phone bills and don’t know why. PhonepayPlus, the premium rate services regulator, explains what to look out for when giving your child a mobile device…

zoella, alfie deyes and louise pentland

Know your Zoellas from your PewDiePies: a parent's guide to vlogging.

viral internet trends

The growth of social media has brought with it some strange modern phenomena. One of the more recent ones is the viral online challenge...

Filters and parental controls may not be the complete answer to keeping children safe online, but they are undoubtedly the first line of defence. It's now possible to set filters on your broadband, your devices and your applications. Here, from Internet Matters, is what you need to know.

Nude selfies

CEOP's film explains what they are, and what parents should know about them.

The internet is a wonderful resource for young people and offers unprecedented opportunities for connecting and learning. But it can also be scary. Many parents are afraid their children will be exposed to upsetting content or meet dangerous people online. What are the facts about online risk?

You’ve probably heard of public shaming. It’s a centuries-old punishment, for anything from a crime to someone doing something others feel is morally wrong. But what is online shaming? And how does it differ?

Using smartphone

Support organisations for young people and parents who are concerned about what young people are having to deal with online.

Internet brain

There are considerable benefits to internet use for young people with autism and learning disabilities, with lots of apps and specialist tools - but there are also risks. We look at how best to prepare your child. 

YouTube

YouTube's SafetyMode allows parents to restrict the content their children see. Here's our quick'n'dirty guide to setting it up.

Filtering

Google is often the first port of call for homework and curiosity of all kinds. Here's how to guard against adult content appearing in your children's Google searches.

Children outdoors

With the summer holidays just around the corner, we've gathered some of the most exciting apps we’ve found to get kids outdoors and enjoy what nature has to offer.

Sharenting

Parent Info examines the very modern phenomenon of social media ‘sharenting’.

Instagram

Some tips on responsible – and safe – use of Instagram.

Instagram

Instagram is now bigger than twitter. What's the big attraction? And is there anything you need to know?

Snapchat

How to be a bit more careful, and a bit better informed, when using Snapchat.

Snapchat

What do you need to know about Snapchat?

Going online

A lot of sites and apps specify that users must be aged over 13. Why 13? Vicki Shotbolt explains and offers a guide to the age limits for various popular online activities.

Parent's guide Pokemon

Everything you need to know about the popular smartphone game, including parental concerns and safety tips.

social media

If you want to set parental controls on apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, here's how to do it.

YouNow is a live video and chat app that's popular with young people. What should you know about it? 

Musical.ly is an app for creating and sharing lip sync videos among friends. What do parents and carers need to know about it? 

Teens on Tinder

Tinder is one of the most popular dating apps out there. Here's what parents need to know.

YouTube

Kids can't get enough of the video sharing site. Read CEOP's comprehensive guide to everything parents need to know about it.

street fight

The rise of viral fight videos and how to help your child if they are involved

Tablet

Most popular social media services don’t allow anyone under 13 to join. Even so, lots of younger children manage to set up accounts. What can you do?

ooVoo is a group video chat service that has been the source of some controversy, with fears that children are giving away information to people they don't know. Like any popular online tool, used wisely it's great; used unwisely it can be a platform for problems. Here's everything you need to know about what ooVoo is, how to use it safely, and how to report anything worrying.

Ways the internet can be good for children and internet safety

We hear a lot about the negative effects on children of using the internet - but it can also be a positive thing...

Tearaway Unfolded

Where to go for information on the video games your children will ask for this Christmas.

Minecraft is phenomenally popular, especially with primary school children. Sometimes described as Lego for the digital age, it is absorbing, creative and educational - but, as with any online activity, it's as well to be aware of the basics of staying safe. Here's our guide to helping your child make the most of Minecraft.

Selfie

91% of teens have taken a selfie. Should parents be worried or are they just harmless fun?

Group selfie

Even world leaders take selfies... In this video, Vicki Shotbolt of The Parent Zone talks about the hazards of online flirting via photos - and what to tell your child.

12 year-old boy sitting and looking inscrutable

What goes online stays online. Some advice to help you and your child understand the long-term implications of publishing all about your life.

A tattoo is permanent, much like the information we post online. CEOP gives their top tips on making sure your child's online reputation is just as good as their offline one. 

Covering eyes

If your child has come across something upsetting online - or something you think may be illegal - here's what to do about it.

Would you know what to do if you or a member of your family came across an illegal image online? The Internet Watch Foundation runs a hotline for reporting criminal online content in a secure and confidential way.

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