Social Media

What Parents Need to Know about Reddit

  • Published 21st September 2022

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Reddit. It highlights a number of risks such as harassment, trolling and fake news.

What Parents Need to Know about Instagram

  • Published 17th August 2022

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Instagram. It highlights a number of risks such as addiction, unrealistic ideals and the influencer culture.

12 Ways to Champion Equality Online

  • Published 13th July 2022

This week's free online safety guide focuses on 12 ways to champion equality online. It highlights a number of issues such as ‘pack mentality’, haters and discrimination.

What Parents Need to Know about Cross-Platform Sharing of Inappropriate Content

  • Published 25th May 2022

This week's free online safety guide focuses on cross-platform sharing of inappropriate content. It highlights a number of risks such as accidental exposure, inappropriate language and unsuitable videos.

What Parents Need to Know about Group Chats

  • Published 27th April 2022

This week's free online safety guide focuses on group chats. It highlights a number of risks such as bullying, inappropriate content and unknown members.

What Parents Need to Know about Group Chats (Spanish)

  • Published 27th April 2022

This week's free online safety guide focuses on group chats. It highlights a number of risks such as bullying, inappropriate content and unknown members.

Spotting Ads on Social Media

  • Published 20th April 2022

This week's free online safety guide focuses on spotting ads on social media. It highlights a number of tips such as paying attention to the account name, studying the hashtags for clues and being savvy with high numbers of likes and shares.

What Parents Need to Know about Facebook Messenger

  • Published 13th April 2022

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Facebook Messenger. It highlights a number of risks such as addiction, strangers and secret conversations.

What Parents Need to Know about the Ofcom Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report 2022

  • Published 6th April 2022

This week's free online safety guide focuses on the Ofcom Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report 2022. In the guide, you'll find stats including the percentage of young people who own a mobile phone (and at which ages), the most-used platforms by children in 2021, and the main online safety concerns of parents and carers.

What Parents Need to Know about Facebook

  • Published 30th March 2022

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Facebook. It highlights a number of risks such as cyberbullying, strangers and the addictive nature of Facebook.

What Parents Need to Know about Facebook (Spanish)

  • Published 30th March 2022

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Facebook. It highlights a number of risks such as cyberbullying, strangers and the addictive nature of Facebook.

What Parents Need to Know about Yubo

  • Published 9th March 2022

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Yubo. It highlights a number of risks such as cyberbullying, inappropriate content and flimsy age gates.

What Parents Need to Know about Wink

  • Published 15th February 2022

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Wink. It highlights a number of risks such as grooming, cyberbullying and inappropriate content.

What Parents Need to Know about Wink (Spanish)

  • Published 15th February 2022

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Wink. It highlights a number of risks such as grooming, cyberbullying and inappropriate content.

What Parents Need to Know about YouTube (Spanish)

  • Published 26th January 2022

This week's free online safety guide focuses on YouTube, it takes a look at a number of risks such as connecting with strangers, inappropriate content and high visibility.

What Parents Need to Know about YouTube

  • Published 26th January 2022

This week's free online safety guide focuses on YouTube, it takes a look at a number of risks such as connecting with strangers, inappropriate content and high visibility.

Let's Connect this Christmas (Some Way) - Lyric Sheet

  • Published 8th December 2021

By now you’ll have seen our collaboration with Musicalternative for this year’s National Online Safety Christmas song. If you feel like joining in – perhaps with your family or with your class – we’ve reproduced the lyrics here for you!

What Parents Need to Know about Snapchat

  • Published 3rd November 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Snapchat. It highlights a number of risks such as sexting, visible location and strangers.

What Parents Need to Know about Snapchat (Spanish)

  • Published 3rd November 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Snapchat. It highlights a number of risks such as sexting, visible location and strangers.

What Parents Need to Know about Squid Game

  • Published 1st November 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Squid Game. It highlights a number of risks such as inappropriate content, viral spin-offs and scene re-enactments.

What Parents Need to Know about TikTok

  • Published 27th October 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on TikTok. It highlights a number of risks such as age-inappropriate content, addiction and in-app spending.

What Parents Need to Know about TikTok (Spanish)

  • Published 27th October 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on TikTok. It highlights a number of risks such as age-inappropriate content, addiction and in-app spending.

What Parents Need to Know about Social Bots

  • Published 20th October 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on social bots. It highlights a number of risks such as cyberbullying, extortion and astroturfing.

What Parents Need to Know about Social Bots (Spanish)

  • Published 20th October 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on social bots. It highlights a number of risks such as cyberbullying, extortion and astroturfing.

What Parents Need to Know about Social Media Scams

  • Published 15th September 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on social media scams. It highlights a number of risks such as phishing scams, untrustworthy URLs and 'payment first' scams.

What Parents Need to Know about Hoop

  • Published 25th August 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Hoop. It highlights a number of risks such as grooming, visible location and no age verification system.

What Parents Need to Know about The Ofcom 'Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes' Report 2020/21

  • Published 5th May 2021

What impact have lockdowns, remote learning and increased screen time had on children’s digital habits? Our #WakeUpWednesday guide has the details.

What Parents Need to Know about Signal

  • Published 3rd March 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Signal. Signal is a multimedia messaging service (previously known as TextSecure) that provides secure chats between users. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as a false sense of security, vulnerability to hackers and disappearing messages.

What Parents Need to Know about Clubhouse

  • Published 24th February 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Clubhouse. Clubhouse is an audio-only social media networking app that is currently available only to Apple users. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as adult content, no age verification and insufficient safety protocols.

7 Top Tips for Supporting Children to Express Themselves Safely Online

  • Published 3rd February 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on supporting children to express themselves safely online. The past year has left many children feeling uncertain and worried. So this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week has adopted the theme of ‘express yourself’. The guide takes a look at a range of tips such as celebrating their identity, supporting their interests and enabling emotional expression.

What Parents Need to Know about WeChat

  • Published 27th January 2021

This week's free online safety guide focuses on WeChat. WeChat is an all-in-one communications app for free text messaging, voice and video calls, photo sharing and games. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as adult content, strangers and drug dealing.

What Parents Need to Know about Persuasive Design

  • Published 7th October 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on persuasive design. The guide takes a look at how to tackle potential risks such as online addiction.

What Parents Need to Know about Video Streaming Apps & Sites

  • Published 22nd September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Streaming. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as online scams, online addiction and inappropriate content.

What Parents Need to Know About Online Content: 10 Tips to Keep Your Children Safe Online

  • Published 16th September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on online content: 10 tips to keep your children safe online. The internet has transformed the ability to access content. Many apps that children use are dependent on user-generated content which can encourage freedom of expression, imagination and creativity. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as age inappropriate content, privacy issues and mental health.

What Parents Need to Know About Friends & Followers

  • Published 10th September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on ‘friends & followers’. What makes social media actually ‘social’ are the connections users make with other users on the platforms. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as online bullying, catfishing and access to private information.

What Parents Need to Know About Triller

  • Published 2nd September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Triller. Triller is a social media video sharing app. Unlike TikTok and many other video sharing apps, Triller focuses more on making creative music videos. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as mature content, cyberbullying and unauthorised sharing of your child’s video.

What Parents Need to Know about Instagram (Spanish)

  • Published 19th August 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Instagram. Instagram is a hugely popular social networking app with over 1 billion users worldwide. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as exposing your child’s location, in-app purchases and poor mental wellbeing.

12 Social Media Safety Tips

  • Published 4th December 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on 12 social media online safety tips for children with new devices. With Christmas only a few weeks away, many of you will be using social media to share your excitement with friends and family. The guide takes a look at a number of tips on social media such as don’t accept friend requests from strangers, block online bullies and to never share your personal information with people you don’t know.

What Parents Need to Know about Sadfishing

  • Published 23rd October 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Sadfishing. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as oversharing, cyberbullying and online grooming.

What Parents Need to Know about Social Pressures Linked to ‘Social Media Influencers’

  • Published 11th September 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Social Pressures linked to 'Social Media Influencers'. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as body image, bad habits and unrealistic role models.

What Parents Need to Know about Social Pressures Linked To ‘Friends and Followers’

  • Published 4th September 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Social Pressures linked to 'Friends and Followers.' The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as fake friends, friend envy and being followed by strangers.

What Parents Need to Know about Social Pressures Linked To ‘Likes’

  • Published 28th August 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Social Pressures linked to 'Likes'. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as self-esteem damage, addiction and competitiveness.

What Parents Need to Know about FaceApp

  • Published 24th July 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on FaceApp. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as online crime, access and copycat apps.

What Parents Need to Know about Telegram

  • Published 3rd July 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Telegram. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as secret chats, hacking and access to illegal content.

What Parents Need to Know about Social Media & Mental Health; The Positive and Negative Impacts

  • Published 26th June 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Social Media & Mental Health; The Positive and Negative Impacts. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as mental wellbeing, addiction and cyberbullying.

What Parents Need to Know about Likee

  • Published 5th June 2019

This week's online safety guide focuses on LIKEE, a popular video creation and editing app. The guide addresses a range of potential risks such as online grooming, cyberbullying and inappropriate content.

What Parents Need to Know about YOLO

  • Published 29th May 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on YOLO. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as anonymity, cyberbullying and age verification.

What Parents Need to Know about Social Media & Mental Health

  • Published 15th May 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Social Media & Mental Health. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as mental wellbeing, anxiety and modern pressures.

What Parents Need to Know about Tumblr

  • Published 1st May 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Tumblr. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as adult content, oversharing and fake news.

What Parents Need to Know about Online Challenges

  • Published 3rd April 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Online Challenges. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as mental wellbeing, physical harm and injury.

What Parents Need to Know about Twitter

  • Published 19th December 2018

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Twitter. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as trolls, fake news and propaganda.

What Parents Need to Know about Kik

  • Published 12th December 2018

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Kik. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as online grooming, sexting and fake profiles.

What Parents Need to Know about LiveMe

  • Published 21st November 2018

This week's free online safety guide focuses on LiveMe. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as online grooming, cyberbullying and privacy & security.

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