Internet Matters: helping parents and carers keep young people safe online

Internet Matters is a not-for-profit organisation that has a simple purpose – to empower parents and carers to keep children safe in the digital world. Watch the video or visit their website to learn more about what they do, and why.

The rate of technological change means that our children’s world is changing rapidly – the challenges we face as parents today is so different from previous generations.

Our latest research Parenting Digital Natives (2018) shows that over 70%  of parents want to learn more about how to keep their children safe online and potential issues they will face in the future. It also shows that there are three specific concerns among parents; contact with strangers online, accessing sexual content online and online bullying. Many parents expressed the need for a single destination for online safety information.

InternetMatters.org

Internet matters have created a ‘one-stop shop’ resource centre on their website, with pretty much anything you can think of related to young people’s safety online, including what to look out for, and how to tackle conversations about e-safety topics with young people, as a parent, carer or teacher.

You can search the huge resource library really easily with drop-down menus, which let you sort the resources by the following categories:

  • Topic – eg. digital wellbeing, screen time, online gaming, data and privacy
  • Type – eg. videos, apps and tools, courses and training
  • Age – eg. Early Years, Primary, Secondary or by age range

Or you can sort by whether the resources are aimed at Teachers or Parents.

Whether you have children of your own, work with or care for young people, or you have neighbours with kids, there are resources to support you.

Through their research, Internet Matters found that, 9 out of 10 parents said they would recommend Internet Matters as a trusted resource, and 82% of parents said they felt better prepared to handle online issues with their child after visiting the website– which is pretty good feedback, we reckon! We highly recommend visiting the Internet Matters website and having a rifle through all their stuff.

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Click the Internet Matters logo to visit their library of resources for parents.