pre-school (0-5) resources

Here are some of our favourite resources to help you learn more about e-safety for the youngest of children. We’ve also highlighted some fun and educational apps to get them learning online.

For parents

This interactive web guide from Virgin Media has a dedicated section for under fives.

For children

An interactive e-safety story, created with Childnet. Free to download for Apple and Android.

Learn through play

CBeebies Playtime app has games and seasonal content to helps them learn as they play.

Resources for parents and carers

BBC iWonder Guide

As part of our new partnership with the BBC, we’ve worked together to create an interactive guide to give you practical tips on how you can keep your children safe online. It covers 7 key areas such as “Taking control with tech” and “What kind of parent am I?”.

Mumsnet Guide

Advice and top tips for keeping children under five safe online.

Digital Parenting

Vodafone’s Digital Parenting provides checklists and practical advice on keeping children safe online.

Parent Info

Parent Info is a collaboration between CEOP and Parent Zone. It provides high quality information to parents and carers about their children’s wellbeing and resilience. Schools can host the content on their own website and use it in any other ways (in letters to parents etc) that they want.

BBC Own It

Own it covers everything from online privacy and avoiding malware, through to dealing with everyday dilemmas children face online, as well as having fun. Quick links to charities and organisations like Childline, whose phone lines and online chat can provide urgent support should children need it, will also be available.

O2 and NSPCC online safety helpline

From setting up parental controls to reporting online bullying, you can call the free helpline on 0808 800 5002, or visit an O2 Guru in store.

Google Family Link

As your child begins using their first Android* device, the Family Link app from Google can help you set certain digital ground rules. You can create a Google Account for your child that’s much like your own and do things like manage apps, keep an eye on screen time and set bedtime for your child’s device.

*Children can run Family Link on Android devices running Nougat (7.0) and higher, along with certain Marshmallow (6.1) devices listed in our FAQs.

American Academy of Pediatricians

Use the AAP’s ‏tool to create a family media plan to help you to think about media & create goals & rules that are in line with your family’s values.

E-safety activities to do with your child

Smartie the Penguin

Join in with Daddy Penguin’s song and follow the adventures of Smartie and Daddy Penguin as Smartie learns how to be safe on the internet.

InSafe Activity Book

Offering children aged 4-8 a glimpse of how modern technology impacts everyday life with lots of opportunities to discuss these important issues.

Apps to encourage learning, creativity, and development

Disney Junior Play

Perfect for pre-schoolers, this free app lets them play games, solve puzzles, dress up characters, watch videos and collect stickers.

Fisher Price Apps

Designed for the way kids play today and can be used at home or on the go. All based on learning concepts and all free to download on iOS from Apple and Android via Google Play or Amazon.

YouTube Kids

Made for young kids, this child-friendly version filters out inappropriate content and hides comments on videos giving parents peace of mind and a child a safe online viewing experience. Download as an Android or iOS app.

BBC iPlayer Kids

BBC iPlayer Kids app gives children easier access to their favourite programmes, while parents can be confident they’re watching shows appropriate for their age and free from adverts. All apps are free to download on iOS from Apple and Android via Google Play or Amazon.

CBeebies Storytime App

This app aims to make reading fun, with playful and imaginative stories designed to help support early years reading. All apps are free to download on Apple and Android, or Kindle Fire.

Sky Kids App

The Sky Kids app offers a fun and safer way for pre-schoolers to nine year olds to enjoy a wide range of popular kids TV. Parents have been involved in the development of the Sky Kids app. The result is an app that kids will love, supported by safety features that parents need.