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Here you can find out the latest advice on how to use the internet and new technologies safely and responsibly. Also find a range of practical resources, news and events focussing on the safe and responsible use of the internet and new technologies. A copy of the (AUP) for students and classroom code of conduct are available to download.

Free Personal Safety app

A free app for smartphones has been designed to protect both men and women from possible danger.

Hollie Guard turns your smartphone into a personal safety device. 
If in danger simply shake your phone to generate an alert, your location, audio and video evidence of the incident will automatically be sent to your emergency contact via text and email. Shake it again and it sends out a high pitched alarm and the flash starts to strobe, in order to attract maximum attention.
From the moment Hollie Guard is activated, your location is tracked and can be viewed in real time by your emergency contact. Evidence is not stored on the smartphone but on secure servers so that it can be used as future as evidence.
To register for an account or download a free user guide please visit www.hollieguard.com
Download the app via Google Play and the Apple Appstore



West Midlands Police has been made aware of an  App called “UNICO LIVE”.  The app is publicised as age restricted 12+ and designed for young people to upload videos of them performing, singing and dancing etc.; it has come to our attention that there is inappropriate content on the platform involving young people which is being investigated. 
The content does not appear to be monitored and we urge you to raise awareness widely to increase vigilance and reduce the likelihood of any child being sexually exploited.


Instagram is one of the most popular online photo and video sharing platforms. Our ‘how to guide” will help you to understand more about the app and what features you can use to keep your child safe.
Click here to go to Instagram’s ‘Privacy and Safety Center’.


The global real-time photo and video sharing app, Snapchat averages 400 million ‘snaps’ a day, the minimum age to sign-up for an account is 13. Learn about its latest features like Snap Maps and how to set the appropriate settings on the app with our Snapchat "how to guide".

Click here to go to Snapchats ‘Safety Centre’.





A Parents' Guide to Facebook is designed to help you understand what Facebook is and how to use it safely. With it, you will be better informed and able to communicate with young Facebook users in your life more effectively. The guidebook is published in partnership with the iKeepSafe Coalition.

The Facebook-checklist is aimed at young people who are over 13 and use Facebook. The resource contains practical information around privacy settings as well as guidance about what friends are on Facebook, how young people should consider what information and images they choose to share and where to turn for help and advice.

Click on Facebook's Help Centre for more information. 


Twitter is an online social networking service and Microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based messages of up to 140 characters known as tweets.


Most of the communication taking place on Twitter is public and viewable by everyone.  Since the information posted is public, some of this data may be made available or republished on other websites. Click on Twitter's Safety Tips for Parents for more information. 


YouTube is a video-sharing website, on which users can upload, view and share videos.  The YouTube Safety Mode is an opt-in setting that helps screen out potentially objectionable content that you may prefer not to see or don't want others in your family to stumble across while enjoying YouTube.

YouTube display a wide variety of video content, including movie clips, TV clips, and music videos, as well as amateur content, short original videos, and educational videos.



YouTube is full of educational videos, but there's often a minefield of age-inappropriate content to navigate. Visit YouTube EDU for excellent resources.


The Google security and privacy page is a useful source of information.  Youtube video clips are also available.

Advice about online gaming and PEGI

Online gaming is hugely popular with children and young people. This leaflet provides an introduction to online gaming and advice for parents specifically related to online gaming.


The Pan-European Game Information (PEGI) age rating system was established in 2003 to help parents make informed decisions when buying video games. Increasingly games are being played online against many players at a time and often across many country borders. So PEGI Online was devised to give parents greater peace of mind when their children play multiplayer games in the online arena.

For more information about PEGI and PEGI Online, head to www.pegi.info. More general games advice for parents and guardians can be found at www.askaboutgames.com.

Advice about social networking

Social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, are very popular with children, even those as young as 8 and 9. This leaflet provides advice for parents to help them support their children in choosing an appropriate site and using it in a safe and constructive way.

Useful websites

For more information about internet safety, and safe and responsible use of the internet and new technologies, we have listed a few websites:

UK Safer Internet Centre

Here you can find out the latest advice on how to use the internet and new technologies safely and responsibly. Also find a range of practical resources, news and events focussing on the safe and responsible use of the internet and new technologies www.saferinternet.org.uk.


Site run by CEOP (the Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre) has a range of advice for children and young people of different ages. www.thinkuknow.co.uk


The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. That means they are part of UK policing and very much about tracking and bringing offenders to account either directly or in partnership with local and international forces. www.ceop.police.uk


Run by Childnet International, outlining the potential risks on interactive services online and advice on how to use these services safely. www.chatdanger.com

A Parents’ Guide to Technology

Helps parents understand how young people are using smartphones, gaming devices and other internet-enabled technologies such as the iPod Touch and iPad. It introduces some of the most popular devices, highlighting the safety tools available and empowering parents with the knowledge they need to support their children to use these technologies safely and responsibly. www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/a-parents-guide

Online Digital Parenting Magazine

Vodafone produce an Online Digital Parenting Magazine which contains E Safety advice and How to guides.


The Ofcom report on Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report is available to download.

Download a copy of the ParentPort Managing Your Media - a pdf guide by ParentPort and Ofcom to protecting your children in a digital world. Visit the ParentPort website for more details.

ParentPort is run by the UK’s media regulators. They set and enforce standards across the media to protect children from inappropriate material. At ParentPort you can find out about the standards they expect from the media, make a complaint and share your views.

Safety Tools on Social Networks and Other Online Services

Follow the link for advice about safety features available for Ask.fm, Disney Club Penguin, Facebook, Flickr, Google+,   Moshi Monsters, Movie Star Planet, Tumblr and Titter.