Parent Advice

Useful Links

For lots of useful advice to keeping your child safe online look at these websites.

Vodafone- Digital Parenting   

Think U Know

Apps and Social Media 

  • Some apps have age restrictions.
  • Under 13s (Popjam, Club Penguin, Moshi Monsters)
  • Over 13s (Facebook, Twitter, Instgram, Ask Fm, Snapchat, Vine, Spotify)
  • Over 16 (WhatsApp)



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Advice from Vicky Shotbolt - The Parent Zone


Only 31% of parents of children whose phone can be used to go online have put filters in place. It seems that in some cases children know more than their parents and are able to access material online without their parents knowing about it.

It is really important you have filters for your home internet and mobile internet.

Follow these steps to set up Google SafeSearch

  • Open Search settings
  • Set SafeSearch filter
    • On the ‘Search settings’ page, tick the ‘filter explicit results’ box.
    • Click Save at the bottom of the page to save your SafeSearch settings

Locking your SafeSearch filter level

If you have a Google account, you can lock SafeSearch on your family’s computer so that ‘filter explicit results’ is always in place and no-one except you can change the settings.
  • Click on ‘Lock SafeSearch’. If you’re not already signed in to your Google account, you’ll be asked to sign in.
  • Once you’re signed in, click on ‘Lock SafeSearch’. You’ll be prompted to re-enter your password. It might take a moment for the filters to be applied to all Google domains.  You’ll see a confirmation page once the lock is engaged.
  • When SafeSearch is locked in place, you’ll see a set of coloured balls at the top of all search pages.  If the coloured balls aren’t there, SafeSearch is no longer locked.