Internet safety advice for parents

There are a number of websites that promote behaviour that puts young people at risk through their mental health

1 . Be aware of the risks

Be aware of the risks: sites promoting self-harm, suicide (including overdosing, cutting, ligature-tying, hanging) and eating disorders are easily accessible. Internet bullying is serious. Grooming and sexual exploitation can take place via the Internet.

2. Speak openly

Have open conversations as parents with your children about the sites/apps that they are using and the risks

3. Think about the devices you own

Remember that the Internet can be accessed from smart phones, tablets, gaming devices, laptops, desktops.

4. Investigate safety features

Check out the specific safety features for sites like ASK FM, Instagram, SnapChat.

5. Use software to manage access

Broad band providers can offer packages to block access to certain sites, but this can affect everyone’s Internet access in the home.

Device specific software can be used but needs to be installed on each separate device

6. Consider wifi access

There are a number of packages (eg Netnanny, HomeHalo) that can be installed that control access on devices via the wifi.

7. Park devices at night

Charging electronics outside the bedroom at night will help with sleep.

8. Seek recommendations

Clinicians sometimes recommend apps and websites for you and your child to use to support their mental health. These are sites we have researched. If you are interested in a site we have not recommended please ask.

9. Get good advice

For more advice see www.saferinternet.org.uk

10. Be aware of exploitation

If you think your child is at risk of exploitation from their Internet use or need advice about this contact www.ceop.police.uk

Page last reviewed: 8 September, 2021