Help for parents: Internet Matters

InternetMatters.org are a not-for-profit organisation that has a simple purpose – to help keep children safe in the digital world. They are backed by some prominent internet industry players, e.g. BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media, and supported by leading child online safety experts. It is a site aimed at parents looking to help them make the right decisions for themselves and their families.
The website is split into sections covering issues, advice and controls and the approach is to help parents to have relevant conversations with their children in order to:

  • Encourage them to behave safely online
  • Help them identify potential risks
  • Help limit the risks they may face online
  • Know what to do and where to go if they need help.

They have some useful videos and checklists and plenty of links to other useful sources of information.
The material is appropriate for parents of pre-school children through to teenagers and includes how to research issues, have conversations with children and set up devices.