Online safety information and support

Keeping children and young people safe when using the internet and social media.

Children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world, living their lives seamlessly on and offline.

The internet provides many challenges and risks (as well as benefits and opportunities) which can be categorised into 3 main areas:

  • content - exposure to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material. For example, pornography, fake news and racist, radical and extremist views
  • contact - subjection to harmful online interaction with other users. For example, commercial advertising and adults posing as children or young adults
  • conduct - personal online behaviour which increases the likelihood of or currently causes harm. For example, making, sending and receiving explicit images or online bullying

Settings should equip pupils with the knowledge to make the best use of the internet and technology in a safe, considered and respectful way.

DfE guidance

For guidance on online safety use the following DfE guidance:

Online safety support

For online safety support and resources visit the following websites: