Supporting children and young people with SEND

Advice for parents and carers 

To help children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) have a safer and more positive time online find a range of expert guides providing advice on the main activities that children do online.

What you’ll find in the guides

Learn how these resources can help you support children with SEND online
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All children and young people deserve the opportunity to benefit from connected technology safely.

That's why we've created a range of guides to empower parents and carers to help young
people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) to stay safe online.

Why’s this important?

The online world can be a lifeline for children with additional needs. It allows them to develop new skills, be creative, and find their ‘tribe’.

However, from our research, we know that children and young people already facing offline
vulnerabilities, are more likely to face risk and harm online.

Out of the different types of risks, young people with SEND are more likely to experience
contact risks online like sexting under pressure and coercion.

So, taking the time to learn some simple strategies, informing children of safety tools, and
staying engaged in what they do, are effective ways to keep their time online positive.

What's inside the guides?

You'll find insights and resources to support young people while they are connecting and
sharing, browsing the internet, and online gaming.

You’ll find helpful tips to:
● Encourage young people to adopt good online habits
● Stay informed about the online risks they face online
● And how to make use of safety tools to help them thrive in their digital world

While every child and young person’s experience of the online world is unique to them, based on our research, there are some online risks that children with SEND may be more likely to experience.

In the guides, you’ll find practical tips on how to approach conversations about these potential risks to stop them from turning into harm. We’ve also provided links to other expert resources that can help and tools that are available to create a safer digital space for children to explore and interact.

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Visit the research and insight section to learn more about the level of online risks that exist for certain children and how this can help you intervene in a meaningful way.

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Guides and resources

Connecting and sharing online

See advice to help children and young people with SEND connect and share safely with friends and family online and reduce online risks.

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Staying safe while browsing

Get practical tips to encourage children and young people with SEND to make smarter choices online and protect them from inappropriate content.

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Online gaming

Help children and young people stay safe while gaming with expert advice and guidance on what to look out for and tools to protect from online risks.

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Inclusive Digital Safety Resource centre

We’ve created a one-stop-shop resource centre featuring our parent guides, recommended resources for parents & teachers and more. Make use of the filter to find what you need.

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Connecting Safely Online advice hub

To help support parents, carers, and young people with additional learning needs, we have created this hub to offer tailored advice on how to connect safely online across a range of social platforms.

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Making the internet safer and more inclusive

Together with SWGfL we've created this hub to provide online safety advice and guidance to support parents & professionals working with children and young people experiencing vulnerabilities.

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