resources for teens (14+)
Here are some of our favourite resources to help you learn more about e-safety for teenagers and pass on the message to them. We’ve also highlighted some apps to help them navigate the digital world.
E-safety for you
Net Aware from the NSPCC is a no-nonsense guide to social media sites and apps
E-safety for teens
Let your teen know about this information from CEOPcovering the difficult issues teenagers face online
Best of the net
This app aims to build a digital community where young people can share art, stories, games, photos and contests
Resources for parents and carers
Instagram’s parent portal gives parents a basic introduction to the photo and video sharing app and offers parents support on the safety features that are available to use to give children a safer experience on the platform. Here is a downloadable copy of the parent guide to the app.
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?”.
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.
Online Them helps parents monitor their children online with their knowledge as it relies on the consent of both to work. It’s a way of highlighting potential online risks without invading your child’s privacy or snooping behind their back.
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.
E-safety activities for your teen
Apps to help teens deal with the online world
The Send this instead app has been developed to help children combat sexting from peers. The app gives a range of optional images with humorous messages so that children can send these as a response to sexting, putting them back in control.
Made by ChildLine, Zipit aims to help teenagers deal with difficult sexting and flirting situations. The app offers humorous comebacks and advice and aims to help teenagers stay in control of flirting when chatting.
Created by Childline it is said to be the first app to provide counselling to young people directly through their smartphone.
Invented by four teenagers who wanted to use technology to address the urgent need for confidential support among young people, the ‘For Me’ app is free to download in the UK and has been specifically designed for discreet usage.