Keeping your children safe online is just as important as keeping them safe in the real world. This poses a new challenge to parents as technology develops and more and more young people embrace it. This page brings together information and guidance to help you understand the risks children face online, and how to keep them safe.
We know that because of coronavirus, children and young people are staying at home more, and may be spending a lot of time online. We have some helpful guidance on how to keep children and young people safe online.
To help you support your children to become more resilient online, we recommend taking a look at these websites:
- Internet Matters: a website raising parents' awareness about the risks online from radicalisation
- Safer Internet: a useful resource for parents and carers about keeping your children safe online
- Educate Against Hate: a great starting point for answers to questions you as parents may have about the risk of radicalisation
- Parent Info: help and advice for families in a digital world
If you're worried about a young person or vulnerable adult who may be at risk of radicalisation, you can speak to the safeguarding lead at their school, or contact Middlesbrough Council's safeguarding team (Middlesbrough Multi-Agency Children's Hub) by calling 01642 726004. The purpose of PREVENT is to protect vulnerable people from the risk of being exploited by extremists.
Other useful resources you may find helpful include:
- Middlesbrough Council's Prevent resources: resources by, and about, the Prevent safeguarding process, which aims to identify and safeguard young people and vulnerable adults who are at risk of radicalisation.
- ACT Early: The Counter Terrorism Policing website with useful information and advice if you're worried that a friend or loved one may be at risk of radicalisation
- Let's Talk About It: help and guidance for the public in order to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism
- Parent Zone advice guides: information to help you understand websites and online activities children use, and the risks they may pose
- Safer Internet: advice on keeping your children safe online
- Child Net: advice on keeping your children safe online
If you see extremist material online you can report it directly to the Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit.
- Keeping under fives safe online (Childnet)
- Parent Zone
- Keeping children safe online (NSPCC)
Filtering and parental control advice
- Parental controls and privacy settings guides (Internet Matters)
- Parental controls offered by your home internet provider (UK Safer Internet Centre)
Social networking safety
- Parent guides to games, social media, and more (Parent Zone)
- Social media guides (UK Safer Internet Centre)