The NCA's CEOP Command (formerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. We protect children from harm online and offline, directly through NCA led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies.
Parental controls are designed to help protect children from inappropriate content they may come across online. These controls can be used to limit access to only age appropriate content, to set usage times and to monitor activity.
There are four main places you can find parental controls, and it can help to set up a combination of these:
Internet provider: you can set up filters to help block access to inappropriate content on any device that connects to your home wifi
Mobile operator: filters are often automatically set up on mobile contracts, but you can double-check with your provider
Devices: many devices have parental control settings, for example, to help restrict spending in apps or disable location functions
Online services: sites like BBC iPlayer and YouTube have parental control settings to help restrict access to inappropriate content
Common Sense is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.
Media and technology are at the very center of all our lives today -- especially our children’s. Kids today spend over 60 hours of screen time every week. The media content they consume and create has a profound impact on their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Learning how to use media and technology wisely is an essential skill for life and learning in the 21st century. But parents, teachers, and policymakers struggle to keep up with the rapidly changing digital world in which our children live and learn. Now more than ever, they need a trusted guide to help them navigate a world where change is the only constant.
This site is particularly useful for finding out about games, apps and films that your child may want to watch or play. Search for a game and you will see a comprehensive description of what the game involves, who it is suitable for and any inappropriate content it may contain.
A great resource fromTigerMobile
For many parents, the convenience of knowing where their kids are at all times is more than enough to warrant the price of a smart phone. In fact, a solid 90% of children under the age of 16 in the UK have a mobile. But as with anything else, smart phones come with both their pros and their cons, and when you’re talking about kids, the issue gets even trickier.
This resource will explain how to keep your kids safe
The free Norton Online Family offers almost everything you could want in a multi-computer parental control system. Stepping up to the paid Premier edition adds long-term information about computer usage, regular e-mail summaries, and monitoring of videos watched
A useful guide from Comparitech
Site down with your child and use this brilliant site to draw up a set up rules for safe and sensible internet use on all your devices.
Before technology, bullying typically occurred at school and in your local neighborhoods. However, today children, teens, and young adults have access to phones, computers, tablets, and other devices that connect them to the internet 24/7. This constant access to the internet has created a new realm for bullies known as cyber-bullying, causing victims to experience depression, anger, humiliation, and even suicidal thoughts.
Cyber-bullying occurs when someone or groups of individuals use online communication to harass, humiliate, and threaten someone else. Before handheld technology was widely available, bullies taunted their victims in person. The victims were usually smaller than their bullies in size and strength, but today, if an internet connection is available, cyber bullies target anyone regardless of their physical or mental attributes. Unlike a traditional bully, you may not even know their identity due to the anonymity of the internet. Unfortunately, cyber-bullies can target and torment others every hour of the day because the internet is an endless connection of technology.
Parental controls give the heads of the household a better grip on how the younger ones are using the web, and helps to guide kids during their journey of growing up online. But getting the right software to do the right job isn’t always as cut and dry as it seems, which is why Comparitech has done the heavy lifting for you. They have exhaustively tested several of the top parental control software suites on the market today, and have written a detailed guide to help you find the one that suits your needs, budget, and parenting style the best.
Parents and carers play a key role in supporting children to learn about how to stay safe online, and they are one of the first people children turn to if things go wrong. We know it can be difficult to stay on top of the wide range of sites and devices that young people use, so we hope that this site helps.
The technology timeline for kids and teens is far from straightforward. Not every seven year old / 10 year old / 15 year old uses the same technologies – it depends on things like how mature they are, what their parents’ views are and what devices they have access to at home, at school and at their friends’ houses.
With this in mind, we decided not to divide all the contents of Digital Parenting by age group. But we do understand that it can be helpful to have specific advice by age, so we’ve pulled together some key action points to help your son or daughter enjoy their digital world and stay safer at various ages.
We’ve started with an ‘essentials’ checklist for parents of children of any age, which highlights the actions you should take for your whole family. Then we have suggestions for parents with children of different ages.
These are by no means definitive lists (the tech world moves far too quickly to be able to promise that!) but they’re a good starting point. We hope you find them useful.