Safety on the Internet

The latest report (January 2018) from the Children's commissioner for England, filling a gap in research on younger children's use of social media platforms, warns that children are unprepared for a social media 'cliff edge' as they start secondary school. Read more here.

The Educational Policy Institute have publised a report into Social Media and Children's Mental Health. They outline the benefits, risks and policy implications.


This report from the Children's Commissioner on 'Growing up Digital' (published January 2017) contains many interesting (and shocking) findings about how children and young people use and perceive the internet, and recommendations for better equipping children and young people to use the internet critically and with a greater awareness of how it works, for example how their information can be shared.

The UK Safer Internet Centre offers good advice to parents on how to set filters on your home internet to stop inappropriate content being accessed. They also have advice for schools on developing an e-safety policy, lesson plans, and running e-safety sessions.


The NSPCC has teamed up with O2 to produce a really easy to use 'guide to the social networks your kids use.' They list 49 networks, and for each one, give an overview, what children and young people like about it and suggest a minimum age for users.


The Salvation Army has written a lesson plan for 14-16 year olds about Cyber- bullying and Christian responses to it.


Mumsnet has information about internet safety for pre-school to primary, teenagers and adults. It includes advice on dealing with sexting, and managing a digital detox.


LawStuff gives free legal information to young people. It is run by Coram Children's Legal Centre. They include a page on the legalities of sexting.



The Seriously Awkward resources from the Children's Society are six sessions designed for youth workers working with 11-16 year olds. Session 4 focuses on 'Life online' and has interesting icebreaker and discussion activities to work through with young people including online grooming and sexting. Register for free to receive a link to download the resources including a leader's handbook, postcards, and handouts.

The Naked Truth Project aims to tackle pornography and has some useful advice for parents and carers, including practical help on installing filters on computers and phones. Try their online Parents' Guide.


Safety Net is a campaign to get Internet service providers to block pornography at network level whilst giving adults a choice to 'opt-in' to this content.