Online Safety Advice For Parents

It's never easy to know how to keep our children safe when they aren't with us, and sometimes even when are, if we don't know what's happening on their devices. Who are they talking to, what are they doing, are they okay? If you need help to find some answers, scroll through this page for help or click on a topic on the right hand side to go straight to the topics or help section.

Here at St Peter's we do our best to keep our parents informed with the latest advise and guidance on how to keep their children safe when using technology and the internet.



If you need to report online material promoting terrorism and extremism please follow this link:

Online Safety Trends

To Help Report/Prevent Online Sexual Abuse Click Here

One of the current online trends is child-abduction horror film that is currently going viral on TikTok and YouTube some 9 years after its initial release. Children and young people are naturally curious, especially when influenced by their peers. However, the content of such films contain violence, abuse and can be distressing to viewers. Please be vigilant and inform a member of the year team know if your son / daughter has been affected by content they have viewed online.


The second one is an online game, which glorifies County Lines. The game appears to have an in-chat facility which could lead to players being groomed and recruited to participate in County Lines activities. The Police authorities nationally are all aware of this game and are investigating what can be done to take it offline. 

Again, please be vigilant and let a member of the safeguarding team know if you are concerned about the games your son/daughter plays online and how it affects them.


Young people are being contacted in their own homes on online platforms and apps and asked for sexual pictures and videos, while their parents and carers believe they are safe.

More and more sexual abuse material is created by offenders who coerce and groom children into sexual activities, often in children’s own bedrooms and bathrooms. They then record this via webcams or livestreaming services. It’s known as ‘self-generated**’ child sexual abuse imagery.

This is happening now, and it can happen to anyone. But you can do something about it; you can help prevent it happening to your child. For more information please follow this link and download this guide.

Safer Internet Day Assembly 2021

Common Online Safety Topics For Parents

Parental Controls

Parental controls are tools and software that are built into most modern devices that allow you to control what your children can gain access to on a device or the internet. This can range from what websites they are allowed to visit, what apps they can install and what settings on a deviec that they can chane. The purpose of parental controls is to keep children safe when using technology and the internet. For more information on what parental controls are and how you can set them up please Click Here


Parenting in the Digital Age

Parenting in the Digital Age doesn’t need to be overwhelming. In fact, it isn’t so different to parenting in the offline world. Especially if you use the WWW approach and make sure you know:

  • WHO your child is talking to online,
  • WHAT they’re doing online, and
  • WHERE they’re going online

ThinkUKnow for Parents and Carers

An excellent website for parents and pupils alike. Great advice on many issues such as Social Networking, Chat, Mobiles and Cyberbullying. Very good section on reporting or what to do if you or your child is worried.

Know It All for Parents (Childnet)

Another excellent site with really good advice for Parents, in many different languages. It has a video presentation which you view online or order, a glossary of internet jargon and much more.

For more information on parenting in the digital age please Click Here

Online Sexual Abuse

Please see the documents below for more information about Online Sexual Abuse.

Online Sexual Bullying Sexual Abuse Online

Useful Online Safety Websites

UK Safer Internet Centre

UK Safer Internet Centre has tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services. 

For more information about the UK Safer Internet Centre please Click Here


Internet Matters

Want to know the steps that you can take as a parent to keep your children safe in their digital world depending on their age?

For More Information Please Click Here

The National Cyber Security Centre

The National Cyber Security Centre offers advice on how to avoid computer threats like phishing emails or data theft.

For More Information Please Click Here

Educate Against Hate

Messages of hate can take may forms. Extremist groups use them to recruit young people. Parents can find answers to common questions and resources to help protect their children following this link.

The Mix

Essential support for young people under the age of 25 regarding a variety of issues. 

For More information Please Click Here

O2: Keeping Kids Safe Online

The internet is full of exciting things. Apps and technology are changing quickly, and it can be hard for parents to keep up. But it’s important they do. Because for kids, online life is real life. And just like real life, it comes with risks. That’s why O2 has teamed up with the UK’s leading children’s charity, the NSPCC, to develop an award-winning partnership to help parents understand their kids’ online world and how to keep them safe within it. The resources are designed to help parents have more regular conversations with their children about online safety – enabling more families to enjoy the digital world with confidence. 

For More Information Click Here

How you can help children stay safer online over the winter break and beyond!

You’re likely to be working with a child or young person who has asked for some form of internet-enabled tech for Christmas. Be it a new smartphone, tablet or the latest games console. While their device will provide them with hours of entertainment and the opportunity to connect with family and friends they can't meet with face-to-face, it can also present new risks. Here are 4 steps you can take to help them stay safer online over the winter break and beyond: Click Here