Empowering vulnerable families to get connected and stay safe online

With millions of families struggling to juggle parent duties and homeschooling, we have provided some low-cost and free resources and tools to make the best use of tech and stay safe online during this challenging time.

Affordable devices, resources, and tools

Devices

Tools

Free homeschooling resources

General curriculum-based

SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities) resources

Online safety resources

  • Our Connecting Safely Online site has a full collection of guides for parents, carers and young people.
  • We have a host of resources for parents and young people on our Guide and Resources Hub.
  • Our Parental Controls Hub will help you to set up the right controls and privacy settings on the networks, gadgets, apps, and sites they use to give them a safer online experience.
  • Although, lockdown restrictions have eased across most of the country – our #StaySafeStayHome Hub for a variety of resources and advice broken down into topics.
  • Home activity packs from ThinkUKnow for early years right through to secondary school age to support online safety learning at home.

Extra support

  • StarLine – A national helpline has been set up by the government for parents struggling with homeschooling and managing their child’s behaviour during the pandemic. Call StarLine on 0330 313 9162 (calls charged at local rate). Open six days a week.
  • SupportLine’s work supporting vulnerable people with concerns over Covid-19. Call SupportLine on 01708 765200 or visit: https://www.supportline.org.uk/problems/coronavirus-covid-19/
  • For single-parent families – Gingerbread, a charity, has provided great and up-to-date resources. Call Gingerbread helpline on 0808 802 0925 or visit: https://www.gingerbread.org.uk/
  • Mencap has specific advice and resources for families with learning difficulties.
  • Parents who have difficult living situations – YoungMinds offers great support for families dealing with separation, lack of physical space, and abuse.
  • WorkingFamilies.Org.UK has some fantastic resources and advice for working families.
  • MindEd is a free learning resource about the mental health of children, young people and older adults.
  • GOV.UK has guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus.
  • Rise Above has some great resources such as videos, reading materials and games for children and young people about general life and wellbeing.
  • The government’s tax-free childcare – you currently can receive up to £500 every three months (£2,000 a year) per child. Cash can be used to pay for childminders, nurseries, nannies as well as after school clubs, play schemes and home care

Please note: these links were active as of June 2020. The page will be updated with new resources as and when.

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