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Keeping your under 5’s safe online

Whether it's watching videos, playing games on their devices or talking to Alexa - today's under 5s are spending more time online. In this article we look at the benefits of children accessing the internet, and share advice about how parents can make sure their child...

‘Telegram’ online safety guide

Telegram is a free messaging service 'Telegram' (16+). With end-to-end encryption and the ability for chats to 'self-destruct', this presents an immediate danger to children and young people.  Telegram is a free messaging service which is very similar to WhatsApp....

Monkey App

Monkey App – is a random video chat app which means you are always talking to someone that you don’t know. The recommended user age for Monkey is 12+.  When using the app you can talk to someone via video chat for 15 secs and then choose to continue or add them to...

Parents and Carers Voice

At National Online Safety we believe in empowering parents, carers and trusted adults with the information they need to hold informed and age-appropriate conversations about online safety with their child, should they feel it is needed. Every Wednesday we produce...

Call of Duty Guide for Trusted Adults

Guide about Call of Duty (COD) - the PEGI rated 18+ game. COD is a graphic first-person shooter game that's available on a number of devices, including PC and games consoles. ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’, the latest of the series, allows players to choose different...

YOLO Guide for Trusted Adults

The app that pairs up with Snapchat to let users ask questions and receive answers anonymously. In May 2019, 'YOLO' became the most downloaded app in the UK iTunes store only a week after its release and with no prior marketing or promotion. It has become hugely...

Put your devices down 🙂

As the summer holidays are just around the corner, we thought it would be a great idea to encourage young people to put their devices down this summer break and enjoy the wonders of the outdoors. This #WakeUpWednesday, we're sharing our 'Screen addiction' guide...

Parental Controls

The links below show you how to set parental controls on Xbox one, PS4 and Switch: Xbox One Parental Controls - PS4 Parental Controls...

Options for reporting or talking through online problems:


The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. It is part of UK policing and very much about tracking and bringing offenders to account either directly or in partnership with local and international forces. Anybody with concerns that a pupil is being groomed or sexually exploited, including involvement in Sexting should contact them directly using the link below. I would strongly recommend that if possible you also contact Mr Lindsay or any member of the Safeguarding team here at Hurworth as we may need to make additional referrals to Children’s Services.

Childline Instant Help

The link provided below will take you to the Childline website where you can click the explore button to find out more about topics such as Cyber Bullying and Online and Mobile Safety. More importantly if you click on the 1 to 1 Chat Online link you can contact a Childline counsellor in a 1 to 1 online chat (like instant messenger) about any online problems. Childline state that no problem is too big or too small.


Here you can find the latest information on websites, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. If you look after young people there’s an area for you too with resources you can use at home or just to get yourself up to speed with the latest developments. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online.

Internet Watch Foundation

If you have inadvertently stumbled across potentially illegal online content, specifically images of child sexual abuse, criminally obscene material or anything that incites racial hatred then please submit a report to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). The IWF works in partnership with the police, government, the online industry and the public to combat this type of material and you are helping to make the internet safer for all by taking this action.

Options for finding information about online safety guidance:

All the websites listed above have both reporting tools and sections of information and advice relating to e-safety. In addition to these you may find the following useful:


The Twitter feed from the CEOP website has many tweets with up to date information about online safety. It covers the type of current activity taking place not only across the UK but also specifically what is happening regionally.

Get Safe Online

Get Safe Online is the UK’s leading source of unbiased, factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety.