Keeping your child safe online

For the majority of children and young people going online will not cause a major problem. In fact, it will have a positive impact on a child’s education and social development. However, there are some instances when being online can become problematic in terms of over usage and safeguarding issues.

There are a number of things you need to be aware of that may cause problems for children online: cyberbullying, seeing inappropriate content, online grooming, online reputation, online pornography, sexting, self-harm, radicalisation or privacy & identity.

If you are worried your child is experiencing problems online there is plenty of support available.

Understanding parental controls

This website provides information about understanding parental controls for specific phones, gaming devices, online and social media;

https://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/

Online resources keeping children safe online

The NSPCC provides support for parents/carers about issues children might be experiencing online and how to prevent them.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

Internet Matters This websiteprovides age appropriate advice around online usage and keeping children safe online.

https://www.internetmatters.org/

Think u Know provides parents andcarers appropriate advicein relation to internet safety.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

CEOP is short for “Child Exploitation and Online Protection command.” It’s a police operation for if you or child are worried or want to report online sexual abuse or the way someone has being communicating with your child online.

https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

What to do if you are worried about a child

If you think a child is being abused or mistreated or you have concerns about a child’s well-being please contact one of the numbers shown on this page.

Your phone call could help to safeguard a child who may be at risk.

If the situation is immediately dangerous for the child then ring 999 and ask for the Police.

If the child is not in immediate danger contact:

Children's Hub

  • Monday to Friday during office hours - 0161 342 4101
  • Monday to Friday outside office hours and weekends and public holidays – 0161 342 2222
  • GM Procedures Manual
  • Safeguarding concerns can be reported to the Children's Hub using the Online Electronic Referral form