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The Internet has changed all of our lives, particularly our children’s. For parents and carers this opens up a whole new world of things to be aware of. Below you will find information to help you and you children stay safe when on line.

The 6 apps and services that every parent should know about

A guide to some of the most popular ones children use online.

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What is – and isn’t – legal 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).

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Helping your child stay safe from cybercrime

How parents can teach their children to look after their personal information online.

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The 5 digital parenting rules that REALLY matter

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

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WhatsApp: a guide for parents and carers

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

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Fitness apps – a cause for concern?

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

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Think critically!

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

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PEGI games ratings explained

Video games ratings explained in full.

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Body confidence – how you can help

Why are so many children dissatisfied with their appearance? What effect does this have on their school work and their confidence? What can you do to help?

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Careers your child could enter if they study tech

Expert advice on the wide variety of roles available.

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Expert advice on how to cope with this common form of cyberbullying.

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Making choices post-16

Not long ago, a lot of young people left school at 16. Now everyone has to stay in education or training until they’re 18. But there are still plenty of options. We look at the alternatives, with help from Your Daughter’s Future, a guide from the Government Equalities Office.

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Preventing far-right extremism: a guide for parents

How to spot the signs that your child could be vulnerable and what to do to protect them.

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Five things you can do if your child comes out

Concrete steps you can take to learn more about your LGBTQ child and their identity.

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What should I say to my child when…?

Advice on how to talk to your children about traumatic events.

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The new blended family parenting rules

Advice on how to be an effective parent or step parent within a blended family.

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How to have a happy family Christmas

Advice on making sure you have a harmonious holiday with children and relatives.

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Staying connected: 4 ways the online world can help families going through divorce

Online tools to help with organisation and communication if you are separated from your children’s other parent.

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Seasonal Netiquette: 5 new parenting rules

How to navigate the Christmas social minefield, made more complex by an increase in digital devices.

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What to do if your child is self-harming

Expert advice on how to help you and your child through this difficult and emotional time.

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Help! My child’s phone has been stolen

How to help them cope and how to prevent it from happening again.

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Picky eating: how to help your child eat better

Would your child rather eat sweets than spaghetti bolognese? Do they assiduously avoid the broccoli on their plate? Would they rather run a five-mile marathon than entertain the idea of eating a courgette? We look into picky eating and how to help your child be more adventurous with food.

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Support for children who have experienced crime

Children and young people can experience significant levels of crime and victimisation. Here’s how as a parent or carer you can help your child be safer.

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Stigma and mental health: a parent’s guide

Natasha Devon, the government’s Mental Health Champion for Schools, offers advice on how to help your child.

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Pokémon Go – a parent’s guide

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

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Making Snapchat work for you

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

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Snapchat – what to do if you’re worried

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

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Snapchat FAQs

What do you need to know about Snapchat?

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Instagram – what are the issues?

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

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Instagram FAQs

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

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Apps to help families enjoy the great 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.

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Should you share pictures of your children online?

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

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Sex education in schools: a parent’s guide

A helpful rundown of what is – and what could be – taught in schools.

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Five rights to change the internet

There is deep concern about the impact the internet is having on families, especially on children and young people. iRights is a coalition calling for five basic rights that children and young people should have online.

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The new GCSE grading system explained

What you need to know about the new 9-1 grades.

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Setting filters on YouTube

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

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Setting filters on Google

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.

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Tips for parents who are struggling to make ends meet

Some practical advice on how those raising a family on a low income can seek assistance.

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CEOP’s Thinkuknow

The Parents’ and Carers’ Guide to the Internet’, has been created by CEOP to provide a light hearted and realistic look at what it takes to be a better online parent. The show covers topics such as, talking to your child about the technologies they use and the things they might see, such as pornography.

With interviews from leading experts such as, Professor Tanya Byron, Dr Linda Papadopoulos and Reg Bailey, as well as key industry players from Facebook, Club Penguin and Moshi Monsters, this online guide aims to equip you with the tools to have those tricky conversations with your children and keep your family safe online.
  Thinkuknow Website

Online Bullying

Children find Internet communication and social networking fun and safe most of the time. But things can go wrong. If you’re worried about your child being bullied  or are concerned about cyber bullying the following organisation provides a wealth of information and resources to help you.

Anti-bullying alliance

The Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) is coalition of organisations and individuals, who work together to stop bullying and create safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn. ABA is hosted by the National Children’s Bureau and is part of the NCB Education and Equalities Team.

Facing up to Facebook – the magic 13!

Why is Facebook for 13 year olds? Facebook, Twitter and other social media are increasingly being used by children under 13 years of age to socialise, to share photos, videos, links and information, to chat, to plan social events and so on.

Use the link below to see:

  • 13 Reasons why Facebook is for 13 year olds
  • 13 Ways to ‘Stay Safe’ on Facebook