The Net Aware website is produced by the NSPCC. This is part of the larger NSPCC website which offers a range of support to parents to support children through the Covid 19 pandemic.
This website has lots of useful articles including 8 tips for keeping your kids safe online during lockdown. This article contains 8 tips for parents to support them to stay safe online. Most tips encourage parents to speak to their children about online safety and encourages parents to understand the apps and programmes that children may be using. To support with this there are links to different content. The website is easy to navigate and would be suitable for parents to look at with their children.
The website also contains a useful section on mobile phone apps which explains what the app does. The site also rates each app for overall safety, safety features, privacy and location, ability to report or block other users and content.
In addition to this site NSPCC also has their own learning site, this site is updated regularly however is a more formal site than Net Aware. It is more for parents to look than parents sharing with their children. It does contain the following sections:
• Introduction to online safety
• Communicating with children online
• Supporting parents and carers
• Supporting children and young people
National Online Safety Website
The National Online Safety website can be accessed as a free subscription for parents.
If parents create a free account they will still have access to a number of useful resources that parents can access including:
- NOS courses for parents
- A4 guides to explain and support parents. There are a massive number of guides which are all well presented and would allow parents to talk through the guides with children. There is a large range of content including information around setting up devices, web browsing, gaming, social media and remote learning, see below.
- For younger children the parents section also contains a storybook called Oscar’s Adventures in the Online World which can be downloaded and shared with children.
If parents prefer all of the content can be accessed through an app on a mobile phone which is available on the Apple App Store or Google Play.
Childnet has developed guidance for parents and carers to begin a conversation about online safety. The website contains sections for young people (primary and secondary) as well parents and teachers.
Parent Info is a collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP, providing support and guidance for parents and carers related to the digital world from leading experts and
The site contains a range of articles that may support parents during lockdown which includes topics around online safety but also more general guidance around parenting during this lockdown period.
The UK Safer Internet Centre
UK Safer Internet Centre provides tips and advice for parents and carers to keep children safe online – you can also report any harmful content found online through the UK Safer Internet Centre.
Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline. The site includes six Thinkuknow websites for advice about staying safe when you’re on a phone, tablet or computer. This is an extensive website with lots of information however the site does not contain a lot of specific content around lockdown.
The parents’ part of the website contains content for parents to read if they are concerned about their child’s online activities. It also contains a range of videos that parents can watch and discuss with their children along with activity packs that parents and children can work through together.
#AskTheAwkward is a campaign by Think U Know that aims to help Parents and Carers have regular conversations with their children about online relationships and more.
Young people want their Parents and Carers to have everyday conversations with them about relationships. This includes being aware of the positive opportunities technology provides for their social and romantic lives. Talking regularly with your child about relationships and sex can help develop shared understanding, trust and support between you. Talk little. Talk often. Ask The Awkward.
The Ask The Awkward campaign provides and introduction on asking the awkward including how to start and some help sheets including topics to talk about and how to approach topics. Their website also includes videos of Parents/Carers and their children asking the awkward through making connections, building trust, and facing challenges. An information booklet about the campaign can be found here, and the campaign website can be found here.