As the UK’s leading provider of content for children, keeping young people safe online is at the very heart of the BBC’s public service remit.

What we are doing together

The BBC and Internet Matters believe that working together to address specific issues at the same time is the best way to capture the attention of both children and parents and achieve the greatest impact.

Utilising controls and tech tools

In February 2018, the BBC launched Own It, a website full of fun and empowering tips, insight, stories and advice to help 8-12 year olds get the most out of their time online.

It aims to help children develop the confidence and resilience to tackle the everyday challenges they face in the digital world. Own It covers everything from online privacy and avoiding cyberbullying, through to dealing with the everyday dilemmas and worries children face online, as well as having fun.

Own It works with charities like Internet Matters to provide help and advice for children and parents.

Offering advice at the right time

We collaborate together at key consumer events across the year including CarFest, CBeebies Christmas Show and most recently the CBBC Summer Social, where we supported with the delivery of masterclasses for children on safe and impactful vlogging, alongside key safety advice for parents.

Empowering people with practical support

We’ve worked together to create an interactive guide with the BBC, to give families practical tips on how you can keep children safe online. It covers seven key areas such as ‘Taking control with tech’ and ‘What kind of parent am I?

BBC Own It launched to equip young people with confidence to navigate the online world safely
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Alice Webb
Director, BBC Children’s and North 

The BBC is committed to supporting and guiding children in their online experiences and we recognise the vital role that conversations between children and their parents play in this area. Internet Matters is an important service in helping parents get better equipped to support their children. Complementing our own work, they are an important resource that is making a tangible difference.

Why support Internet Matters 

The BBC’s work on online safety is complementary to the work we do at Internet Matters. Whilst we are parent-facing, BBC’s Own It speaks to children and addresses the issues they face as they make their way through their digital lives.

The BBC use our latest research pieces to create content for children and parents that is informed and evidence-based.

Resources document

Need to set controls on BBC iPlayer? See our how-to guides to get step-by-step advice.

See control guides

Learn more about BBC own it App and Keyboard to help your child lead a healthy life online.

Learn more

Work we do to create a safer digital world

BBC Own It 

Website to help children develop the confidence and resilience online

BBC iPlayer Parental controls

Get advice to set parental controls on the platform

CBeebies Grown-ups advice

Easy to follow tips to keep children safe on the internet across devices.

Managing BBC child accounts

Get advice and tips on how to set up permissions on children’s accounts

More to explore

Here are more ways to keep your child safe online