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The internet is a fantastic resource for everyone. We live in a time where we do so many things online, like stay in touch with family and friends, do online shopping and watch catch-up TV. It can be a great way for children and young people to learn, talk to friends, be creative, have fun and share ideas with others through blogs, social networking, gaming and instant messaging.

However, just like in the real world there are dangers and risks to be aware of. This section aims to raise awareness of some of the risks, signpost to some excellent resources, and give you ideas on how to keep you and your child safe online.

Useful websites

NSPCC Keeping Safe Online
This site helps people to think about how to keep children safe whilst using social network sites, apps and games.

NSPCC Net Aware
Your guide to the social networks your kids use Stay up to date and keep your child safe in today's digital world

Childnet International works in partnership with others around the world to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children.

Comparitech have a page with a guide to protecting your child's privacy online.

Family Lives - online safety 
Family Lives is a national charity which aims to help all parents - mums, dads, grandparents, step-parents, other friends and relatives in raising happy, healthy children.

GetNetWise has been created by Internet industry corporations and public interest organisations to help ensure that Internet users have safe, constructive, and educational or entertaining online experiences.

Internet Matters 
Provides guides for parents to help keep their children safe online.

Gives information for parents on a range of ways children can be bullied including cyber bullying and gives advice on keeping children safe 'on line'.

Know IT All  
An interactive internet safety resource from Childnet that contains helpful videos and activities to educate parents, teachers and young people about safe and positive use of the internet.  It contains the latest advice on cyber bullying and how to report it.

ParentPort is run by the UK’s media regulators. The role of ParentPort is to set and enforce standards across the media to protect children from inappropriate material.

Have an extensive resource guide covering everything from online shopping to spyware.

Think u know 
Is a website that gives information on popular sites, mobiles and new technology. Find out what's good, what's not and what you can do about it. 

UK Safer Internet Centre 
The UK Safer Internet Centre, where you can find e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) 
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre helps children stay safe online. 

Wandsworth Safeguarding Children Partnership
Information for parents on safety online.