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Useful Guides to e-Safety

Here is a guide to using technology for young people

Net Aware

This is a site where parents rate social media apps and sites based on the features and their appropriateness.  It describes the potential dangers and even tells at what age children should be allowed to have access to sites and apps.

Digital Safety

An Australian website with good advice about staying safe online

 “Thinkuknow” for Parents and Carers

This is an excellent website for parents and pupils alike. There is some useful advice on many issues such as Social Networking, Chat, Mobiles and Cyberbullying. There is a good section on reporting or what to do if you or your child is worried.

Know IT All for Parents (ChildNet)

This is another useful 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.


Cyberbullying is when a person or a group of people uses the internet, mobile phones, online games or any other kind of digital technology to threaten, tease, upset or humiliate someone else.

STOP Cyberbullying

A website which discusses the issues around cyberbullying and offers advice on prevention and how to tackle it.


Good links to online resources and practical information.

Guides to Facebook

Sophos Guide to Facebook Settings – “Unlike some other social networking sites, Facebook has provided some powerful options to protect you online – but it’s up to you to use them!” – Sophos.

A good site with excellent information on how to set up privacy settings and not share too much information when using Facebook. It also shows you where to change the settings, something that is not that obvious.

Facebook explanation to Privacy Settings

“Facebook is about sharing. Our privacy controls give you the power to decide what and how much you share. Learn how to manage who can see your information on and off Facebook” – Facebook. An explanation by Facebook on its settings and what they refer to and how they can be customised.

Commonsense Media

This is an interesting website with useful advice section for parents on a whole range of things, not just e-Safety. The section on Facebook has some very good practical advice.

Guides to Twitter

Twitter is being used increasingly by young people to communicate to each other and as a replacement to Facebook. To the right of the page there are a number of links to informative websites which introduce parents to Twitter and explain how it can be made safe for pupils use.

The netsucurity site below gives basic advice on staying safe on Twitter.


Free Anti-Virus Software

Anti-virus software will help you keep your personal data and computers safe from malicious viruses.  There are some good free software available.

The AVG website (below) that allows a free download of its anti-virus software. A good program with regular (daily) updates for free or the option to pay for upgraded protection.