Resources for parents, teachers and young people
Help children and young people use the internet safely
Find advice and links to useful information.
Young people and the internet
Young people are adventurous in their use of new technologies and they are more likely to be more advanced internet users than their parents. But being an expert in technology doesn’t mean they have the life-experience and wisdom to handle all the situations they may run into.
All the advice in this section complements the rest of the website about protecting yourself and your PC online.
Virtual Global Taskforce and CEOP
The Virtual Global Taskforce is our principal partner on child safety online. It comprises law enforcement agencies from around the world. The UK's Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) runs a site for young people called Think U Know.
Young people: safe online
- Engaging and up-to-date advice and links to some great resources specifically written for young people. See Young people: safe online.
Advice for parents, carers and teachers
- Talk to your children to help keep them safe online. See Set ground rules for children.
- When children go online they face new dangers and need more protection. See Protect children from online threats.
- Learn how to block access to offensive websites. See Internet content filtering.
- Find out how to safely share a family computer. See Sharing a home computer.
- For links, including interactive resources, curriculum information and downloads, see Resources for parents and teachers.
In this Section
- Internet content filtering
Internet content filtering, sometimes called parental controls, can block access to offensive websites. It is not failsafe but it can be very helpful.
- Protect children from online threats
Children present unique security risks when they use a computer—not only do you have to keep them safe, you have to protect the data on your computer. By taking some simple steps, you can dramatically reduce the risks.
- Resources for parents and teachers
This page contains external links, resources and extra advice for parents and teachers, including curriculum materials, lesson plans and advice for schools.
- Set ground rules for children
The internet can be great for children but there are also threats. Communicating with your children and setting boundaries is part of keeping them safe online.
- Sharing a home computer
When different people share the same computer, such as a home PC, it is important to do it in a safe and friendly way.
- Young people: safe online
Engaging and up-to-date advice and links to some great resources specifically written for young people.