Sharing safely on social media
Help your children share safely with tips from our experts.
NSPCC & O2's 'Strangers Online'
By being aware of what sites they use, making them aware of how to block people they don't know and encouraging them to keep their accounts private, you can help your child be in control of what they share to protect them from issues such as grooming.
The NSPCC and O2 some great advice to help your child make smart choices about who they talk to and what they share online.
Childline's guide to cyberbullying
If your child is being cyberbullied on social networks, there are lots of ways that you can put a stop to it such as reporting it, blocking the person(s) who is bullying your child and taking screenshots of the bullying comments.
We've created a cyberbullying guide offering the right expert advice to help protect your child from cyberbullying.
See our top Internet Manners to help you and your child get to grips with behaviours that will promote a kinder social media world.
Also, if you suspect that your child might be hurting others online through bullying, in this article "Help! My child is a Cyberbully", Lauren Seager-Smith of Anti-bullying Alliance offers great advice on what you can do to help them.
Tech tips to balance screen time
Make screen time work for your family with these practical tips.
If your child is a keen gamer and into games like Fortnite or Roblox, why not take the time to play a game together to be more aware of the benefits and the risks that they experience when they play. You can also use our top 6 gaming tips to ensure they have a safer experience gaming online.
We all love a great box set at Christmas but you might like to turn off auto-play setting on the platform to help children balance time on and offline. Visit our screen time hub to learn how.
If you feel in the dark about the apps and platforms that your child is using, get them to walk you through how they use them and what they do.
This is a great way to stay engaged with their online use and give them the right advice about how to stay safe. Check out our Digital Resilience Toolkit to help them build the right coping strategies to make smarter choices online.
If you’re planning to get your child a smart toy for Christmas making sure you understand what it does and how it communicates with the online world matters to ensure your child’s data and privacy is safe. See our Smart toy parent buyers guide on other things you need to consider.
If your child has downloaded an app that you’d like to know more about, Common Sense Media has a large array of reviews on a range of apps, media and YouTube channels that will help you understand the risks, and get an idea of what other people think about that app as well.
If your child is spending too much time on social media sharing their latest selfie or scrolling through their feed, why not strike up a conversation about what they share and with who. See tips to help you start the conversation and keep it going.
If you’d like to have a screen-free day to make the most of family time, there are a number of great tools that can help you do just that. The Forest App is a great app that grows beautiful forest on your device the longer you don’t use it. You can use it to gamify your screen-free day and encourage children to learn how to balance screen time better.
For ideas on how to make screen-free days great, visit NurtureStore to get ‘Screen free activities‘.
Help the whole family build good online safety habits by setting up a family agreement to set digital boundaries on when, where and how screens and tech is used. Childnet has a great Family Agreement template you can use.
Sit together and review their privacy settings on the platform they use to makes sure that they only share with people they know. See our social media privacy guides to learn how review settings on the most popular social platforms.
Use our Internet Manners top tips to help children develop a good ‘netiquette’. You can also use tech tools to help create a safer environment for them to explore, whether it’s Apple’s Screen Time tool or Google range of family tools including Digital Wellbeing, Google SafeSearch and YouTube Restricted Mode.
Visit our parental control how to guides to find step by step guides on how to set digital boundaries to help your child enjoy their digital world smartly and safely.
Parent stories and expert advice
Here is a selection of articles from parents and online safety experts to give you further tips on how to help your child stay safe on social media and manage screen time.
Mummy gamer shares how she helps her son navigate the online gaming world and her concerns around potential risks.
See what the expert say on questions surrounding oversharing and monitoring what children share online.
Additional tools and resources
To help your child make smart choices on social, we’ve pulled together a selection of useful expert e-safety resources.
An introduction to social media for parents
This practical guide for parents and carers whose children are using social media platforms was developed by Internet Matters, NSPCC, Parent Zone, and UK Safer Internet Centre.
Brief summary of why children use social media
Outline of the risks children may need to deal with
Practical tips to help minimise the risks your child might face
This template will help you set boundaries as a family, and help your child get the best out of their digital world