Keeping your children safe online is just as important as keeping them safe in the real world, and poses a new challenge to parents as technology develops and more and more young people embrace it.
With this in mind, you may find the links and documents on this page useful starting points to help you understand risk online, and give you the knowledge you need to help your children become digitally resilient to the risk of radicalisation.
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 support you to help your children 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 have concerns about a young person or vulnerable adult at risk of radicalisation you can notify the designated safeguarding lead at the school or contact Middlesbrough Council's safeguarding team (Middlesbrough Multi-Agency Children's Hub) on 01642 726004. The purpose of PREVENT is to safeguard 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.
- Let's Talk About It: help and guidance for the public in order to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism
- Parent Zone: guides 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.
- Supporting young people online (PDF)
- Supporting young people online - Arabic (PDF)
- Template for family agreement about online activity (PDF)
Social networking safety
- Young people and social networks (PDF)
- Instagram safety (PDF)
- Snapchat checklist (PDF)
- Twitter interactive (PDF)