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Pokemon Go

Everything you need to know about the popular smartphone game, including parental concerns and safety tips.

Musical.ly is an app for creating and sharing lip sync videos among friends. What do parents and carers need to know about it? 

social media

If you want to set parental controls on apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, here's how to do it.

Snapchat

Everything you need to know about the hugely popular picture sharing app.

Five tips for starting a new school

Yellow is a popular mobile app. Thinkuknow - the education programme of The National Crime Agency’s child protection command CEOP - has created a guide for parents on how the app works and what your child needs to know about how to use it safely and sensibly.

Keeping safe on snapchat

What do you need to know about Snapchat?

Keeping safe on snapchat

How to be a bit more careful, and a bit better informed, when using Snapchat.

Keeping safe on snapchat

Does the fact that photos disappear from Snapchat make it completely safe to use? If things do go wrong, what can you do?

Children outdoors

With the summer holidays just around the corner, we've gathered some of the most exciting apps we’ve found to get kids outdoors and enjoy what nature has to offer.

Going online

A lot of sites and apps specify that users must be aged over 13. Why 13? Vicki Shotbolt explains and offers a guide to the age limits for various popular online activities.

YouNow is a live video and chat app that's popular with young people. What should you know about it? 

Teens on Tinder

Tinder is one of the most popular dating apps out there. Here's what parents need to know.

street fight

The rise of viral fight videos and how to help your child if they are involved

Tablet

Most popular social media services don’t allow anyone under 13 to join. Even so, lots of younger children manage to set up accounts. What can you do?

ooVoo is a group video chat service that has been the source of some controversy, with fears that children are giving away information to people they don't know. Like any popular online tool, used wisely it's great; used unwisely it can be a platform for problems. Here's everything you need to know about what ooVoo is, how to use it safely, and how to report anything worrying.

Ask.fm

Ask.fm is anonymous and has been known to lead to cyberbullying and taunting. Here is CEOP’s guide to Ask.fm in a series of FAQs for parents.

Social media

‘Teens turn to, and are obsessed with whichever environment allows them to connect to friends. Most teens aren’t addicted to social media; if anything, they’re addicted to each other.’

There's been quite a lot of interest recently in monitoring apps, which allow you to track your child, alerting you to where they are and what they're doing. Sounds like a brilliant idea, no? But experts warn you should think twice before putting your child under surveillance. We look at the pros and cons.

12 year-old boy sitting and looking inscrutable

What goes online stays online. Some advice to help you and your child understand the long-term implications of publishing all about your life.

A tattoo is permanent, much like the information we post online. CEOP gives their top tips on making sure your child's online reputation is just as good as their offline one. 

Texting

What is sexting? Is it illegal to share naked or partially naked images of young people? Why has it become such a common activity? And how do you alert your child to the risks?

Camera

Sex plus the teenage urge to take risks plus the constant presence of a camera and a 'send' button - it's probably not surprising that a lot of young people think sexting is a perfectly normal part of modern teenage relationships. Is it? How often do things go wrong? What happens when images get spread beyond the boy or the girl they were meant for?

Looking out window

Sexting is almost the norm among some young people but sharing images of anyone under the age of 18 is illegal. So what should you say about sexting to your child? And how to respond if your child has sent an image they regret?

still from animated film

CEOP's Thinkuknow recently produced 4 short animated films on young people and taking nude selfies, and how to respond if your child sends a picture they regret. The films are based on research conducted over two years. Here CEOP underlines some of the key points.

iRights logo

There is deep concern about the impact the internet is having on families, especially on children and young people. iRights is a coalition calling for five basic rights that children and young people should have online. 

Selfie

91% of teens have taken a selfie. Should parents be worried or are they just harmless fun?

Group selfie

Even world leaders take selfies... In this video, Vicki Shotbolt of The Parent Zone talks about the hazards of online flirting via photos - and what to tell your child.

YouTube

YouTube's SafetyMode allows parents to restrict the content their children see. Here's our quick'n'dirty guide to setting it up.

Filtering

Google is often the first port of call for homework and curiosity of all kinds. Here's how to guard against adult content appearing in your children's Google searches.

Technology

What are children really seeing online? Do parental filters work? Our stats may surprise you...

Dog with iPad

Too many children have memories of dull ICT lessons acquiring skills that will probably be outdated by the time they start work. But the new computing curriculum, introduced this school year, is a really exciting (and world-leading) development. Simon Humphreys of Computing at School explains why.

Tearaway Unfolded

Where to go for information on the video games your children will ask for this Christmas.

Minecraft is phenomenally popular, especially with primary school children. Sometimes described as Lego for the digital age, it is absorbing, creative and educational - but, as with any online activity, it's as well to be aware of the basics of staying safe. Here's our guide to helping your child make the most of Minecraft.

In just a few years, Minecraft has become one of the world's most popular games, mainly by word of mouth and despite the lack of a big marketing budget or a major organisation behind it. Already a hot topic of conversation in the playground, Minecraft is now moving into the classroom, as teachers increasingly find ways to use the game for educational purposes. Here's the lowdown for parents. 

Would you know what to do if you or a member of your family came across an illegal image online? The Internet Watch Foundation runs a hotline for reporting criminal online content in a secure and confidential way.

Teen and father at screen

A quarter of 9-16 year-olds have told researchers they’d seen sexual images in the past year. Is the ready availability of porn everywhere changing young people's attitudes to sex and relationships?

Computer memory

Worried that your child may be accessing undesirable content online? Try our checklist of precautions and ways to respond.

Ways the internet can be good for children and internet safety

We hear a lot about the negative effects on children of using the internet - but it can also be a positive thing...

Children need boundaries to make them feel safe - and to push against. This is as important online as off. The Parent Zone's Sophie Linington offers some tips on digital boundary-setting.

Covering eyes

If your child has come across something upsetting online - or something you think may be illegal - here's what to do about it.

What can you do if your child is talking online to someone they don't know in the real world and you're suspicious? What if you think they're being asked to do things, share images, encouraged to meet? CEOP - the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command of the National Crime Agency and one of the partners behind Parent Info - is the answer. This is how and where to report your concerns.

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