Online safety issues

See advice on a range of online issues that your child may face to help them enjoy the digital world safely and smartly.

Key internet safety issues 

The internet is a fantastic place for children to learn, create and have fun, but they may occasionally have to deal with a variety of sometimes challenging issues.

These might include cyberbullying, the pressure to take part in sexting, encouragement to self-harm, viewing pornography, along with various others. But there are positive things you can do to equip yourself and your child, support them in resolving any issue they may face.

We’ve created a number of advice hubs to help you learn more and deal with these issues with your child.

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Visit our online safety resources and guides to support your child on a range of online challenges.

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is one of the most far-reaching issues facing children today. Support your child with expert advice.

See Advice hub

Inappropriate content

Pornographic, violent, gambling and ideological content can be inappropriate for children that are still in their formative years.

See Advice hub

Online grooming

As children become more relaxed about talking to strangers online, it’s important to talk about the potential risks and how to stay safe.

See Advice hub

Online reputation

A child’s online reputation can be affected by what they publish and post online. This can stay with them for life.

See Advice hub

Screen time

Learn more about the impact screen time can have on children and how to make the most of it to support your child.

See Advice hub

Online pornography

Online pornography and sexualised imagery are easily accessible on the internet, learn how to protect your child from stumbling across it.

See Advice hub

Self-harm

Children can use the internet to educate themselves about self-harm and connect with pro-self-harm communities.

See Advice hub

Sexting 

Sexual messaging and image sharing between children and their boyfriends or girlfriends or people they’ve met online can have unwanted consequences for children.

See Advice hub

Radicalisation

Children can be introduced to ideas online that may be considered extreme and become radicalised, see what you can do to prevent this.

See Advice hub

Privacy  & Identity theft

A child’s identity can be stolen just like an adult’s can, so it’s important to ensure your child understands the importance of personal data privacy.

See Advice hub

Equip yourself and your child online

In each advice hub you’ll find specific information about the issue, tips on how to talk about the issue with your child, recommended expert resources, and practical advice on the positive actions you can take. Here is a break down of the main sections available on each hub.

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Learn about it

Familiarise yourself with the issue your child may be facing or that you are concerned about.

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Protect your child

Tips on how to have positive conversations about specific issues; keeping the dialogue honest and open.

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Deal with it

Practical help to deal with the issue.

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Resources

Where to go to get further help.

More to explore

See our latest online safety articles, research, and resources.