Keeping children safe online during lockdown
Whilst spending time online can help us all to stay connected with friends and family during the Coronavirus lockdown, it’s important to make sure children stay safe.
Many of us, including children, are spending more time online at the moment, from staying active with online workouts to home schooling and socialising with friends. The web is a great tool to keep us occupied whilst staying safe at home – but we need to be aware of potential dangers.
Children can be at risk of cyber bullying, child sexual abuse, age inappropriate content and radicalisation, and it can be difficult to limit screen time and constantly monitor what they are accessing.
It’s really important to remind children of the safety messages so that they can enjoy being connected and stay safe.
Where to get help and advice
Parents and carers
It’s not always easy to talk to your child about online safety. From setting up parental controls to advice on sexting, online games and video apps, the NSPCC can help you to understand the risks and keep your child safe.
The ‘Thinkuknow’ campaign by Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) provides resources for parents, carers and children. The online activities that you complete with your child are aimed at all ages from 4 to 14+ years old.
The government also has guidance to help keep children safe from different risks online and to show where you can receive support and advice.
BBC Own It has help and advice, skills and inspiration for children to be the boss of their online life. There’s information about friendship and bullying, safety and self-esteem, vlogging and gaming – all in a child-friendly format with videos and guest appearances from pop stars and YouTubers.