Young children (6-10)

Online safety advice

Early use of digital technology has been shown to improve language skills and promote children’s social development and creativity.

But it’s not without risks for young children, who may come across inappropriate content or begin to copy what older children do online. See our advice to understand what you can do to give young children the best experience of going online.

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Children and parents: media use and attitudes report 2022
This report from Ofcom looks at media use, attitudes and understanding among children and young people aged 3-17 to better inform their online safety.
This report from Ofcom looks at media ...
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What is Gacha Life? What parents need to know
Gacha Life is a popular roleplaying game for kids who love anime characters. Learn more about what it is so that you can keep your child safe.
Gacha Life is a popular roleplaying game ...
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Digital Matters learning platform
Created with support from ESET, Digital Matters is our new learning platform to help schools change the way they teach online safety. With interactive activities, discussion and immersive scenarios, kids will get excited about digital safety.
Created with support from ESET, Digital Matters ...
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Online activism, social media and young people
The campaign, created by End Violence Against Children Fund and backed by Facebook, has been launched to help young people ‘Stay safe at home. Stay Safe online'.
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New cyber security resources for children at home
Launched last year, CyberSprinters teaches cyber security to 7 to 11-year-olds using various resources and an online game. The NCSC has now released new cyber security resources for children at home to complete with a trusted adult.
Launched last year, CyberSprinters teaches cyber security ...
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Gaps in practice around the online lives of vulnerable children
Vulnerable children tend to have a team of services that interact with them. A research study aimed to explore how professionals around the child acknowledge and incorporate digital life into their practice.
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Changing Conversations report
Changing conversations explores the current approach to online risks faced by vulnerable children and how regulators, professionals and parents/carers can change these practises to better support these children.
Changing conversations explores the current approach to ...
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Online Safety Bill: what parents and carers can expect
Carolyn Bunting, CEO at Internet Matters, give parents insights on how the UK Online Safety Bill will impact children online.
Carolyn Bunting, CEO at Internet Matters, give ...
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