Google partners with several local and global organisations on projects that showcase the importance of digital literacy and citizenship. We work with these experts closely to empower digital citizens with the best Internet security resources.
BBC: The BBC sets a very high standard for online safety of children on its sites. BBC offers a dedicated Stay Safe section for 6-12 year olds on the CBBC website which includes various online safety resources and links including online safety films from Horrible Histories and sound-alike music videos from CBBC presenters. The CBBC’s award-winning news service, Newsround, has also filmed a TV special narrated by David Tennant which explores online potential risks and gives advice to children about how to avoid them. For older children and teenagers, The Surgery on Radio 1 gives advice on managing online reputations as part of the Share Take Care campaign. For parents of younger children the CBeebies Grown-ups website provides online safety tips and advice. Webwise also hosts offers general information about online security and safety and information on parental tools.
Beatbullying: BeatBullying is an international bullying prevention charity working and campaigning to make bullying unacceptable, on the ground in the UK, Europe and Australia. BeatBullying trains young people as BB Mentors, who then support and mentor other children, in school and online (via www.cybermentors.org.uk) to ensure they are safe, can report bullying safely, and get the peer-to-peer support they need to overcome bullying. Specialist adult advisors and qualified counsellors are on hand to provide expert advice and counselling support, in real-time, to those vulnerable young people who access the website. Assisting and supporting young people that are being bullied, BeatBullying also provides training, resources and support for parents and professionals working with young people, helping them to develop strategies to tackle and prevent bullying, and empowering them to take responsibility for doing so.
Citizens Advice Bureau
Citizens Advice Bureau: Your local Citizens Advice Bureau offers free, confidential and impartial advice on a wide range of issues. Whatever your problem your local Citizens Advice Bureau can usually help you solve it. If not, then we will find someone who can. But it doesn’t always have to get to that point. Some problems can be avoided and we think nobody should go through the stress of dealing with something that they didn’t have to. That’s why, more and more, we’re giving you tips on how to stay in control and on track – whether it’s managing your money better… or being safe online.
ChildLine: ChildLine is a free, confidential listening service for children and young people in the UK. Counsellors are available 24 hours a day, by phone on 0800 1111 and via one to one chat at childline.org.uk. If you’re feeling worried, scared, stressed or just want to talk to someone, you can contact ChildLine – no problem is too big or too small. ChildLine also has messageboards where you can share your experiences and get support from other young people.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre: CEOP is UK national law enforcement centre dedicated to combating sexual exploitation and abuse online. They provide advice and help for young people, parents and practitioners. They also take reports of inappropriate contact online.
Childnet International: A UK based charity seeking to make the Internet a great and safe place for children and young people, alongside enabling them to use interactive technologies safely and responsibly. Childnet have developed an award-winning range of supporting e-safety resources designed specifically to meet the needs of parents, carers and teachers as well as direct resources for children and young people.
Get Safe Online
Get Safe Online: Get Safe Online is the UK’s leading source of unbiased, factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety. The website is a unique resource providing practical advice on how to protect people, computers, mobile devices and small businesses against fraud, identity theft, viruses and many other problems encountered online. It also contains guidance on many other related subjects including avoiding theft. Every conceivable topic is included on the site – including safe online shopping, gaming and dating…so now individuals and small businesses really can stay safe with everything they do online. The Government’s preferred online security advice channel, Get Safe Online is a jointly funded initiative between HM Government and a number of private sector businesses.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO): Independent advice and guidance about data protection and freedom of information.
Family Lives: a national charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life. They believe that happy children come from happy families and currently provide support to improve the outcomes of over one million children each year. People contact them about all aspects of family life and stages of a child’s development. They respond when life becomes complicated and provide support around relationships, family health and wellbeing, rights and responsibilities and education.
Media Smart: Children are growing up using, surrounded by, and accustomed to, an increasingly digital world. But their familiarity and competence with new technology doesn’t necessarily mean they are fully aware or equipped to handle the commercial elements that fund the digital world. This Digital Ad-wise parent pack by Media Smart is intended to help parents understand the different instances in which children will encounter commercial messages as they engage with digital content and services. It also aims to offer guidance on how to approach discussions with children about commercial content online.
ParentPort: A website that helps parents complain to regulators about material they have seen or heard across the media, communications and retail industries. The site also offers top tips for parents on online safety, mobile safety, social networking and many other media issues.
StopBadware: Tools and information that assist industry and policymakers in meeting their responsibility to protect users from badware, and that help users protect themselves.
Thinkuknow: Advice, guidance and resources, such as films and games, on internet safety for young people of all different ages and parents.
UK Council for Child Internet Safety
UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS): The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) is jointly chaired by Edward Timpson, MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Jeremy Browne, MP, Minister of State for Crime Prevention. Ed Vaizey, MP, Minister for Culture, Communications and the Creative Industries is also an Executive Board member and will chair some board meetings from 2012. UKCCIS brings together over 200 organisations and individuals from government, industry, law enforcement, academia, charities and parenting groups. Its aim is to work in partnership to help to keep children and young people safe online.