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Supporting Children to Express Themselves Safely Online

It’s Children’s Mental Health Week – and with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic still very much being felt around the world, the event has come at an especially relevant time. So which online activities can help to boost young people’s self-esteem? And how can make sure they’re doing it safely? Find out with our free #WakeUpWednesday guide.


On a similar theme, don’t forget that next Tuesday, 9 February, is Safer Internet Day. Take a big step to reinforcing your online safety by downloading our app from Google Play or the App Store, and put a wealth of resources at your fingertips. As a National Online Safety member, your school can now also work towards Safe Remote Education Accreditation with us – a hallmark of best practice in this era of online learning.

Read on to access your free guide and catch up on the latest online safety news.

As many as three children in every primary school class in the UK has a mental health issue. Many of those problems are being exacerbated right now by missing school and being unable to see friends and relations.


Staying connected through the internet can help – so to mark Children’s Mental Health Week, our #WakeUpWednesday guide highlights ways that parents and carers can help young people to express themselves safely online.

Your Online Safety News

This week, we have included stories about online grooming, including the 320 arrests in the UK since last March and the increased risk to vulnerable children. We have also included news about the age-verification processes put in place by social media companies and recent research on teenager’s mental health and the use of social media.

COVID-19: Children more vulnerable to online grooming


ASA bans influencers from using ‘misleading’ filters

Vulnerable children more at risk of online harms

The founder of the Breck Foundation, Lorin LaFave, has reported a record number of calls from concerned parents during the pandemic.



The Advertising Standards Authority has told social media influencers they cannot use filters on adverts if they exaggerate the effects of the products.



The UK’s two billion most vulnerable children are seven times more susceptible to online risks than their peers. Vulnerabilities include being in care or having a disorder


We partner with a number of organisations to provide students and parents with up to date and relevant
information regarding all aspects of Online Safety.

Online Safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. We also want to help our parents and children improve their own understanding of Online Safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.

Online Safety Newsletters

We have put together a number of links to various agencies such as the NSPCC NetAware and the UK Safer Internet Centre. These websites, for both students and parents provide information regarding internet safety and practical ways to support your online life.

National Online Safety

We make it our mission to make the internet a safer place for children.

At National Online Safety, it is our mission to make the internet a safer place for children. We will achieve this through equipping school staff, parents and children with the knowledge they need to understand online dangers and how best to react should an incident arise.

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As part of our #WakeUpWednesday campaign we add a new platform guide every week for schools to share with parents.

Internet Matters
We’re a not-for-profit organisation that has a simple purpose – to empower parents and carers to keep children safe in the digital world.

UK Safer Internet Centre
Tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep your child safe online

As a parent or carer you play a key role in helping your child to stay safe online.

You don’t need to be an expert on the internet to help keep your child stay safe online. Our advice and resources are here to support you as you support your child to use the internet safely, responsibility and positively.

Parent Zone

From Skype to Snapchat, we examine parental and privacy controls, and how easy it is for kids to access the services. has advice to help parents keep children safe online. Find out more about this free service here.

We have expert advice to help and support LGBTQ+ young people and their parents in the digital age.

Talking to your child about personal stuff can be embarrassing for them and you.

Join the ParentZone Hub for the summer break!
  • fun, free activities
  • a fortnightly parent bulletin
  • Be Internet Legends livestreams
  • a digital noticeboard  – for sharing Instagram posts and more
  • expert online safety advice
Useful Info and Tips
Parental Controls

Please click here to download the Parental Controls Guide produced by Knowsley Learning Centres.

Cyber Choices – Click Here

“Cyber Choices” exists to ensure that the Governments National Cyber Prevent Strategy is represented across each Region and into local police forces.

The main aims of Cyber Choices are to deter people from getting involved in Cyber Crime and to prevent re-offending for those who have been involved with cybercrime.

Young people are immersed in communications and computing technology, including phones, tablets, laptops, PCs, game consoles, TVs, devices and of course the internet.

The Cyber Choices Network was created to help people make positive choices and use their cyber skills in a legal way, the above link is to the NCA webpage re Cyber Choices.

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