e-Safety – how to keep your children safe online

E-safety is a term which refers not only to the internet but other ways in which young people communicate using electronic media, e.g. mobile phones. E-safety means ensuring that children and young people are protected from harm and supported to achieve the maximum benefit from new and developing technologies without risk to themselves or others. The aim of promoting e-safety is to protect young people from the adverse consequences of access or use of electronic media, including from bullying, inappropriate sexualised behaviour or exploitation.

For information aimed at young people, see the Staying safe online and at home page.

The BBC have a useful webpage:

Six tips teaching children technology

There is a lot of good advice on e-safety on the NSPCC’s website:

Online safety

This article from the Guardian (2014) has a lot of useful advice for parents:

How do I keep my children safe online? What the security experts tell their kids

Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency. Their website has some tips on how to act if you feel your child is unsafe online:


Internet Matters are a not-for-profit organisation that has a simple purpose – to empower parents and carers to keep children safe in the digital world. They have a number of e-safety leaflets tailored to your child’s age range:



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