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The really important things that 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 parents need to know about it

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PEGI unpicked: UK video games ratings explained in full

Filters and parental controls won't keep your children safe online, but they are a useful first line of defence. Here's what parents need to know

What is  online shaming and what can you do to protect your child from it?

Screen time: a common sense guide for parents

What is fake news and how can you help  your child spot it? Nicky Cox, editor in chief of First News, offers advice for parents

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Top tips on how to help your child make their online presence work for them and create a positive digital footprint

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.

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What does it mean to be a digitally literate child in the internet age?

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How does Ofcom, the communications regulator, tackle material online that may be inapprorpriate or upsetting for children?

Video games

The gen on some of the most popular games, plus how the Games Rating Authority works.

All you need to know about the global initiative that encourages safe internet use.

What exactly is your child signing up for when they tick that little box to use an online service? By Parent Zone.

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The internet is a public and open place, one where anybody can post and share content. This is all part of the fun, but what happens if your child sees something they shouldn't? CEOP offers advice.

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Parent Info’s partner organisation, Parent Zone, began the conversation about the importance of promoting digital resilience in children and young people with its 2014 report with the Oxford Internet Institute,

connected toys

Advice on the security risks of smart toys that talk to the internet.

Kik messenger

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

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

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

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

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…

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

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

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?

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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. 

Digital parenting

Top tips on staying up-to-date with what your children are doing online.

Children at screens

We're always hearing about 'digital natives' as if all young people are happily at home on the internet, knowing where to find all the good things, how to avoid the hazards and partying happily together. But what if most young people were just as anxious and lost as their parents? The experts think that's much closer to the truth...

Connected

Researchers have been studying how children use smartphones, tablets and computers across Europe. So are children addicted to their phones? And how many have experienced cyberbullying? We have (some of) the answers...

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You can't shield your child from every risk in the online world, any more than you can offline. So how do you help them to be digitally literate (what does that even mean?) And what kind of parenting approach is most likely to help them stay safe?

Snapchat

Everything you need to know about Snaptchat, the hugely popular picture sharing app

social media

Here's how to set parental controls on apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Pokemon Go

Everything you need to know about Pokémon Go, including concerns for parents and safety tips

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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 parents do?

Social media

People often talk about children being addicted to social media. But are they really? Parent Info offers advice on helping your child use social media safely

Sharenting

A parent's guide to the very modern phenomenon of social media sharenting

Keeping safe on snapchat

Snapchat: what parents need to know

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.

Online safety for children

Instagram is now bigger than Twitter. What's the big attraction? And is there anything you 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.

Online safety for children

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

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

Keeping safe on snapchat

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

Keeping safe on snapchat

Does the fact that photos disappear from Snapchat make it completely safe to use? If things do go wrong, what can you do?

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.

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

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.

Ask.fm

Ask.fm is anonymous and has been known to lead to cyberbullying and taunting. Here is CEOP’s guide to Ask.fm in a series of FAQs for parents.

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