Keeping safe online

Keeping yourself, your family and your personal data safe when online

Being online is a great educational and entertaining tool. It is a good way to socialise, play games and even do homework. Children who are online however may face risks, and it is important that as a parent and as a child, you are aware of those risks and know how to keep yourself, your children and your data safe whilst using the web.

To be able to keep safe online, it is important to know what children are using the internet for, and understanding the risks that are associated with these online activities. Click on the icons below for more information and guidance.

What children do online


Social networking


Online forums





Risks and dangers of being online

Inappropriate content


Online Grooming


Privacy and identity theft

Gambling or running up big bills on apps/games

Protecting your online reputation

Age restricted content

Overview on how to stay safe online

Speak to them from an early age - Help your children stay safe by sitting down and speaking with them about what they get up to online. Speaking to them as they start to get interested in the internet enables you to find out what they are doing online, who they speak to, and what websites they access. Just as you would do in the offline world, ask them who they speak to, where they go online, and what they do. By doing this on a regular basis rather than one big conversation, it will become a normal part of your children's online experience.

There is a lot of helpful guidance on supporting your child online on the Childnet International website here:

Set boundaries and rules - Depending on your child's age, setting rules about how often they go online, how long for, and to which sites can help minimise the risks they will come across.

Childnet International have some handy downloadable documents on their website, providing advice on creating family agreements, including a template providing a framework that sets out clear expectations for positive and safe internet use.

Be interested - Appear interested in the sites that your child accesses and what they like doing. Ask them to show you the favourite things they like to do online, just as you would offline. This will give you an understanding of what they do online, so you can support and encourage them.

Helpful sites for more advice

Internet Watch Foundation logo

Internet Watch Foundation:
The UK hotline for reporting criminal online content

seethelight are members of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).

The IWF was established in 1996 by the internet industry. It was created for the public to have a safe, confidential and secure outlet to report criminal online content. The IWF is an independent self-regulatory body and they work with the UK government to combat online abuse and to promote greater awareness of global issues and responsibilities.

Childnet logo

Childnet International is a non-profit organisation who work with others to help make the internet a safer place for children. They work with children and young people from the ages 3 - 18, as well as parents, carers, teachers and professionals to share safety advice.

Their website has a plethora of advice on staying safe online. It can be found here:

Safe Internet Centre logo

The UK Safer Internet Centre is coordinated by three leading organisations; Childnet International, The Internet Watch Foundation and the South West Grid for Learning.

Their website has e-safety tips, advice and resources on how to stay safe online. It can be found here: