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 parent portal

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.


Information and advice for parents and carers on supporting young people online. The leaflet is available to download in multiple languages.

Switched on Families

An interactive guide from Virgin Media to help your teen get the best from the net whilst staying safe.

Triple P

Learn to effectively set and enforce screen time boundaries, communicate better with kids, and much more with Triple P Online.

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?”.

Parenting in the Digital Age

Parent Zone has introduced a new online parenting programme, Parenting in the Digital Age. This is free to parents and carers whose children attend schools that have taken out Parent Zone Digital Schools membership.

Parents Portal 

Facebook has come up with some handy links, tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your experience and help your child navigate their experience.  Check out the following useful resources.

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.

online them

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

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.

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.

BBC documentary: Teenage Kicks – Love, Sex and Social media

Get insight on how teens use social media, how they manage romantic relationships and the impact on porn on their understanding of their own bodies. Features teenagers discussing their experiences.

Digital Parenting

Vodafone’s Digital Parenting Issue 3 provides checklists and practical advice on keeping children safe online.

E-safety activities for your teen


Information and advice for parents and carers on supporting young people online. The leaflet is available to download in multiple languages.


An internet safety quiz for teams, parents can take it with their teenagers to see how much they know about online safety.

Apps to help teens deal with the online world

Send this instead

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.

For Me – Childline app

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.