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ParentPort supports Safer Internet Day 2014

Safer Internet day logoMore than two thirds of parents say that they have discussed online safety with their children, new research reveals today.

But only 1 in 5 parents say that they have spoken to them about how to report something online.

The research was released to mark Safer Internet Day 2014, which is being supported by hundreds of organisations, including ParentPort.

Internet Safety

It identifies where parents are more confident talking about internet safety and highlights the gaps. For example:

  • Only 37% of parents say that they have spoken to their child/children about what to do if something upsets them online, despite this being one of the most important messages for children.
  • Almost half of parents say that they have spoken to their child/children about meeting strangers on the internet (48%) and protecting personal information online (43%).
  • People being unkind online is the top online concern for children, but only a third of parents (35%) report that they have spoken to their child/children about cyberbullying, and only a quarter (23%) say they have spoken to their child/children about being a good friend online.

To help more parents take the first step, the UK Safer Internet Centre has produced a series of conversation starters.

ParentPort  also has one-stop shop  for parents to help them keep children safe when online, watching films and playing video games.

Despite a large volume of useful tips and online safety advice already being available online, this information is often fragmented and difficult to find.

ParentPort has brought this information together and organised it into a number of easily accessible top tip categories to help parents learn more about setting up online controls, improving mobile safety and keeping children safe on social networking sites.