Coronavirus – Online Safety Resources

The coronavirus outbreak means that many children and young people are spending more time online. This makes it more important than ever that we do everything we can to stay safe online.

The websites below have information and practical tips for parents and carers about keeping children safe online, as well as games and activities children and young people can play to learn more about online safety.

There is also national guidance to help keep your child safe,.

For parents and carers:

Essex Safeguarding Children Board Information on online safety.
NSPCC Explanations on the latest games and apps used by children and tips on keeping children safe online.
The Breck Foundation Information on the issues, keeping children safe and where to find help.
Thinkuknow Home activity packs for parents and carers to do with their children to develop their awareness of online safety.
Thinkuknow Advice for foster carers on keeping Children in Care safe online.
Safer Derbyshire Practical advice about online safety, including how to setting parental controls and keeping up to date with new apps.
Childnet International Leaflet for a checklist on ways to keep children safe online and some suggested family ground rules for use.

For children and young people:

Thinkuknow Online safety advice for 6 to 7 year olds on watching videos, sharing pictures, chatting online, sharing personal information and gaming online.
Thinkuknow Thinkuknow have an interactive game called Band Runner for 8 to 10 year olds to help build their knowledge, confidence and skills to stay safe from online risks.

Online advice for 11 to 13 year olds, including details about online photo sharing, online grooming through online gaming and chat rooms.

They also have online advice for young people aged 14 years and above.

Childline Online safety advice for children of all ages about online grooming.
UK Safer Internet Centre Games, storybooks, films and quizzes for 3 to 19 years olds to help them explore ways to stay safe online.