You may find it useful to access the following links. Each provides information and guidance in a range of areas related to e-safety.
Cyber-flashing is when someone sends an explicit picture, uninvited, to your phone by Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. It’s most likely to happen on public transport or in crowded places. Read the parent factsheet to get more information on how to keep your child safe, and what to do if it happens to them.
Fake news and disinformation online – Fake news is where false information is presented as genuine news. Recently, misleading images and footages about the Russian invasion of Ukraine have been shared on social media. These could be worrying for your child. Extremists also use fake news and disinformation to influence people. Help your child spot fake news with the tips in this factsheet:
Instagram is an app for sharing photos and videos. You might have heard stories about the impact it can have on teenage mental health and body image. Read this parent factsheet for more information about the risks on Instagram, and how you can support your child to use Instagram safely:
You might have heard of loot boxes and skins betting and their links to underage gambling. Find out more about what they are, and what you can do to keep your child safe, with this factsheet:
Snapchat has recently added a ‘Meet Up’ feature. If your child is sharing their location, other users would be able to get directions to where your child is. Encourage them to turn their location sharing off, and only be ‘friends’ on the app with people they know and trust offline. See our factsheet for more information on how to keep your child safe on Snapchat:
TikTok is a video-sharing app that’s very popular with children and teenagers. Read this factsheet to learn more about what it is and what steps you can take to help keep your child safe on TikTok:
Twitch is a website where users can watch videos and live streams of others, typically playing computer games. Live streaming platforms have become more popular in the last few years, but your child could potentially be exposed to inappropriate or bullying content, or be contacted by strangers. Read this factsheet to learn how you can help keep them safe while using Twitch:
Devices are an easy way to keep children entertained, and spending time online and on devices can be a positive thing. But higher screen time puts children at risk of being bullied or abused, seeing inappropriate content, and not getting enough sleep and exercise. Read this guide to find out how to keep your child safe and healthy:
Your child can get a lot out of YouTube, but there are some risks too, like contact from strangers or seeing unsuitable videos. Follow the steps in this factsheet to help keep your child safe: