There are lots of parental controls and other online tools to help young people have a safer and more private online experience, many of which are free and easy to set up.
Our short ‘how to’ guides help you to advise your students about things like protecting their privacy on Instagram, searching safely on Google and blocking people on Snapchat.
But remember, controls and tools aren’t always 100% effective and tech-savvy kids sometimes find their way around them.
Many Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the UK offer free parental controls.
BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Virgin Media and Vodafone customers can decide what kind of Web content their family can access. We’ve put together an overview of each set of controls and links to further information.
Whether you’re a Windows or Mac user, you can make the most of built-in parental controls.
Find out how to do things like restrict Web access, set time limits and block specific programs so that you can help protect young people online.
Parental controls are available in some Web browsers, such as Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer.
See what controls can be set and click on the links for more information. If you use more than one browser, you'll need to change the settings for each one.
Kids love searching for information online – whether it’s for homework or just for fun – so make the most of safety controls on the main search engines.
We show you how to activate safe search on Bing, Google and Yahoo so that you can have greater peace of mind when your students are searching the Web.
The main social networks offer lots of tools and resources to help younger users have a safer and more private online experience.
Take a look at our short guides to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and six other services and apps your students might use. Don’t forget, the minimum age limit on many of them is 13.
Are you concerned that your students are accessing inappropriate videos on YouTube?
Learn how to set up YouTube Restricted Mode and find out where to get more information on the Google (YouTube) website.
Many providers offer parental controls to block inappropriate programmes and films.
Find out how built-in tools on BBC iPlayer, Netflix and other services can help young people to avoid unsuitable film, TV and radio content.
Do your students use Periscope or other live streaming services to chat or broadcast videos of themselves in real time?
As this can create privacy and safety issues for users of all ages, it's important that young people check the settings and controls on each individual app. Find out what you can set on some of the most popular streaming platforms.
Parental controls can be used to manage a range of functions on smartphones, tablets and games consoles.
Learn how to manage children's access to websites, apps and things like location services on their favourite digital devices.
Some families use dedicated parental control solutions to help block inappropriate content.
Check out our links to some well-known third party solutions, including Net Nanny, Norton Family, McAfee Family Protection and Qustodio.
If something does go wrong online, you need to know what action you can take.
Find out how to report inappropriate (e.g. bullying) and potentially illegal online activity to some of the main online service providers as well as the police and other authorities.