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The internet has become part of our everyday lives, whether accessed from a computer, mobile phone or other devices. It is used to buy and sell goods, online banking, finding information and socialising. It can also have a darker side, children and young people are more at risk of exposure to inappropriate or criminal behaviour if they are unaware of dangers.

These dangers can include:

  • viewing unsuitable content e.g. hate material, adult content, sites that endorse unhealthy behaviour
  • giving out personal information
  • arranging to meet an online 'friend'
  • becoming involved in, or the victim of, bullying, identity theft, or making and sending indecent or illegal images
  • spending too much time online which can effect concentration, education, sleep and health
  • copying information from the Internet or buying work from other people to use as their own.


Families can visit to access advice and support on how to keep children safe from sexual abuse, both online and off. Articles provide guidance on topics as diverse as: challenging harmful sexual attitudes and promoting positive behaviours; helping a child with autism negotiate life online; supporting a child who has been sexually abused; and dealing with a range of online issues such as sending nude selfies and viewing pornography. Users will find films, downloadable guides and useful links to support organisations.

safe on the internet facebook - reporting guide facebook - safety guide


For advice and guidance on how to stay safe online, please view the documents below.

playing games safely social media privacy protect children at home
A guide with ideas to help your children play video games safely
How to make these two social networks safer to use
Information on how to set controls on broadband, mobile phones, game consoles and other technology
report issues on facebook
safer searching
what are children doing
Information on how to report issues to these social networks Information on how you can help prevent your child viewing inappropriate material

Research into the media activities of children 

  what comes after facebook?  
  Looking at other websites and apps that children use  


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