Keep Your Child Safe

Free guides for parents on parental controls


Choosenet is a consumer website that produces a series of free guides. Please see the link below to access information on parental controls and internet safety.

Help for parents whose children are missing from home

The Children's Society has produced leaflets to help parents of children or young people who are missing from home.

What to do if your child goes missing leaflet

Missing from Home - support for parents leaflet

Online Safety

Online Safety

The Internet can be daunting, you just think you have got to grips with it and the next 'new' thing strikes. Children take it all in their stride and sometimes the feeling that they know more about it than you do can become familiar. However often the child's technical ability is way beyond their maturity and levels on understanding people and the world in general. The Internet is best thought of as another world just like ours, which brings you into contact with lots of people of all ages, backgrounds and motivations. The Internet is largely unregulated and content can range from that appropriate for a small child (e.g. cbeebies) through to content that adults may find disturbing. The best way to protect our children is to start by understanding what the Internet offers, the risks it can pose and then spending time with them helping them to gain the knowledge and skills they need to keep themselves safe.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre's (CEOP) Think U Know site has an area specially for parents and carers. There are tips, suggestions, short video clips and a webcast that offer advice on all areas of child safety when using technology. There is also a FAQ page which offers answers about grooming, mobile phone use, social networking and chatting online. Another site that offers information to parents and carers is the Childnet site.

Vodaphone has also produced an online guide  which contains useful information on a whole range of online issues from cyberbullying to the facts about sexual grooming online. The online brochure also contains 4 'how to' guides:

  1. How to set up Facebook privacy settings
  2. How to set up Google safe search
  3. How to make the most of Windows 7 parental controls
  4. How to activate Vodaphone content control on your child's mobile

Cyberbullying Advice

Cyber bullying is the use of electronic media - especially mobile phones and the internet - to intimidate, threaten or upset someone. Cyber bullying can include:

  • texting scary or rude messages by mobile phone
  • sending unpleasant photographs by mobile phone
  • using online message boards, chat rooms or social networking sites to post cruel messages
  • deleting the victim's name from or ignoring their messages on social networking sites
Click here for further information from Direct Gov

Click here for further information from the BBC

Parentline - 0808 800 2222

Parentline - 0808 800 2222

Want to talk it through? Call Parentline - 0808 800 2222

Parentline Plus is a national charity that works for, and with, parents.

  • They’re here because parents are the most important person in a child’s life.
  • They know that family life can be challenging and difficult for parents.
  • They support parents, so that you can do your best.

Parents Pack (from the Refugee Council)

Parents Pack (from the Refugee Council)

Parents Pack (from the Refugee Council)

The resource pack aims to support refugee parents who may not have access to these resources and it is hoped that it will be useful for advisers working with refugee families. It aims to supplement available resources for parenting courses.

The information in this resource pack has been compiled from a variety of sources including websites, directories, leaflets and flyers over a period of eleven months. The pack was produced as a part of the work for the Refugee Parenting Workshops Programme funded by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES), which also includes delivering a series of Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities (SFSC) parenting courses for refugee parents and working with refugee community organisations.

N.B. The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) was one of two departments that replaced the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) in June 2007.

Download a copy of the Parent Resource Pack in English and Somali.

Mosac - National Helpline 0800 980 1958

Mosac - National Helpline 0800 980 1958

Mosac is a voluntary organisation supporting all non-abusing parents and carers whose children have been sexually abused. We provide advocacy, information and advice, befriending, counselling, play therapy and support groups following alleged child sexual abuse.

Mosac seeks to enable parents/carers to rebuild confidence, alleviate isolation and to assist both parents/carers and their children to achieve an improved quality of life.

Mosac will raise awareness of the needs of the families affected by sexual abuse by liasing within the community and with voluntary and statutory agencies involved with families.

You can call the national helpline from anywhere in the UK for support, advice and information.