This website, developed by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre, provides information for young people on how to stay safe online. It covers various topics, including:
- P2P TV
Families can visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents to access advice and support on how to keep children safe from sexual abuse, both online and off. Articles provide guidance on topics as diverse as: challenging harmful sexual attitudes and promoting positive behaviours; helping a child with autism negotiate life online; supporting a child who has been sexually abused; and dealing with a range of online issues such as sending nude selfies and viewing pornography. Users will find films, downloadable guides and useful links to support organisations.
Each of the parents’ topics includes a summary of what’s good, what’s bad and what parents can do to help their children stay safe.
In all areas of the site, there are prominent links to the CEOP ‘report abuse’ page where you can make a complaint or report a problem.CEOP Safety Centre (www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre)
‘School Statement on E-Safety’
PHONEbrain is a new website from ICSTIS/PhonepayPlus* (the premium rate services regulator), aimed at young people aged 10-13.
Covering four key areas - mobile, landline, TV and PC - the site aims to show young people how to stay safe and in control when using premium rate services and understand the mechanisms used to apply charges to phone bills.
The site uses a number of real-life case studies to reinforce the key messages. Other resources include a jargon buster, technology overview covering 3G services, Wireless Application Protocol (WAP), Bluetooth, and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), and a FAQ section.
Visitors to the site can build up virtual credits by completing games and activities. Sufficient credits allow users to customise their virtual phones.
The NetSmartz Teens section provides hard-hitting esafety messages predominantly through a series of real-life stories told by teens who have been victims of internet exploitation. These include:
Amys’ Choice: gives an account of the risks of meeting people in the real world that you have first met while chatting.
Julie’s Journey: tells the story of a 13-year-old girl who left home for three weeks with a convicted murderer after developing a relationship online.
Tracking Teresa: demonstrates how even the smallest details provided while chatting create a trail of personal information.
- Teens PSA: ‘Promises’, a public service announcement, warns teenagers of the dangers of falling for promises from people they first meet online.
The site also features a new series on cyberbullying:
Feathers in the Wind: discusses what teens can do to avoid becoming a victim or victimising someone else.
You Can’t Take It Back: tells the story of teen who reflects on his participation in a website created to rate others at his school, and his subsequent regret.
- Broken Friendship: tells about the impact of sharing online passwords, even with best friends.
The main aim of Know IT All is to help students reflect on their use of communication technology, be aware of the dangers and develop safe and discriminating behaviour when using new technology.
Using a combination of animation, fictional stories, interactive quizzes and movies, the resource emphasises how young people can protect themselves from hazards online and how they can look after each other by behaving responsibly and not putting others at risk.
Topics covered include:
anonymity and online behaviours
evaluating web content, including identifying illegal content
unwelcome communications, including spam, viruses and phishing scams
online friends, including issues relating to cyberbullying, online harassment and chat dangers
the use and abuse of mobile phones
- file-sharing, including issues relating to downloading music and video, and associated risks and legal issues.
Childnet International’s Kidsmart website has a section for young people aged 11 plus, dealing with mobiles, file-sharing, chat, trackback (for example, digital footprints) and privacy.
The site also includes games, competitions and a gallery of young people’s artwork on how to stay safe online.
It reinforces the SMART rules, and has additional sections for teachers and for parents and carers.
The Internet Safety Zone provides a range of e-safety information categorised for under 12s and over 13s.
The over-13s area deals with a range of general esafety topics such as email, mobiles, chat, gaming and browsing.
They also cover many of the negative social and abusive aspects of new technology, such as:
abusive cybersex and grooming
self-harm and suicide
Each of the topics provides information on reporting abuse and further sources of help and advice for young people.
The site also includes a section for parents covering the basic safety issues of internet use and the key concerns which parents might have. There is extensive information on how parents can help their children handle problems and encourage ‘cyberwellness’
Get Safe Online aims to provide expert advice for everyone to protect against internet threats. Although not specifically aimed at children and young people, there is a section titled ‘Resources for parents, teachers and young people’, which provides a number of helpful articles on topics such as:
setting ground rules for children
protecting children from online threats
filtering internet content
- sharing a home computer.
There are also a number of interactive tools, such as ‘Create a personal security checklist’ and a ‘Take a risk-assessment quiz’.
Childnet’s Digizen site offers practical information, advice and resources designed to help schools, parents and carers understand the benefits and risks of young people’s use of technologies. Digizen is designed to look at how children and young people can use technology safely to change the world for the better.
The site consists of three main areas:
Young People and Social Networking Services
Introduction to Social Networking Services
Risks and benefits of using social networking sites for schools and colleges
Examples and ideas for using online services with children and young people
- Information sheets from YouTube, Bebo, MySpace, MSN and Orange
Digizen’s competition for young people - celebrating the opportunities technology provides young people to participate in and shape their world
An introduction to the UK Government’s advice and guidance on cyberbullying for schools
The full text of the advice on identifying, preventing and responding to cyberbullying
- Childnet’s brand new cyberbullying film, Still Fighting It, and supporting resources for use in your school
This site has been created by ACMA - the Australian Communications and Media Authority - which is responsible for the regulation of broadcasting, radio communications, telecommunications and online content. The general safety messages still hold for a UK audience.
Cybersmart Kids Online provides information on ‘smart net surfing for kids and their grownups’. The site gives general tips on staying safe online, along with specific guidance on using chat and mobile phones, and a quiz.
Content in the main information sections is split into three user types - littlies, kids and young people - so students can be directed to relevant information depending on their age and/or level of understanding.
CyberNetrix helps secondary school pupils, aged 13-16, learn about the risks of using the internet and provides advice on managing and minimising those risks. It has been developed by NetAlert - Australia’s Internet Safety Advisory Body - but the general safety messages still hold for a UK audience.
The main learning tool is an interactive room where students can create their own character and customise their surroundings. By clicking on objects around the room, students can learn key safety messages.
Topics covered include:
keeping your computer secure
- mobile phones.
Bullying Online is an online help and advice service combating all forms of bullying. Sections for pupils, parents and schools cover the subject of cyberbullying, with advice on topics including:
how to stay safe on the internet
mobile phone bullying and happy slapping
- abusive websites.
Bullying Online also provides an email service for pupils in need of further help and advice.
This resource is a comprehensive guide to internet safety and covers all aspects of staying safe online including best practices for messaging apps like WhatsApp.
Cybercrime: Preventing young people from getting involve
The National Crime Agency (NCA) has launched a public awareness campaign to highlight the increasing number of young people engaging in cybercrime.
The #CyberChoices campaign targets parents of 12-15 year olds who may be involved in hacking or other kinds of online crime without their parents’ knowledge. The campaign, also aimed at professionals who work with children and young people, highlights the range of criminal activities that children may be involved in, how to spot signs of potential problems, what the consequences could be and importantly, signposts better ways for young people to use their technical skills.
For further information about cybercrime, and to watch the short film produced for the campaign, visit www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/news/765-campaign-targets-uk-s-youngest-cyber-criminals
For advice from the NCA on how to help young people avoid the risks of getting involved in cybercrime, and how to work with parents and carers on this issue visit: www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/crime-threats/cyber-crime/cyber-crime-preventing-young-people-from-getting-involved