These internet safety guides and resources will help parents get to grips with their children’s internet use and also to explore the issue of internet safety with their children.

Parents Guide to a Better InternetThis booklet will help parents to help their children have a positive experience when they are online. It provides information, advice and conversation starters about the benefits and risks they need to be aware of when using the internet. Topics explored in the guide include cyberbullying, screen time, sexting, social media and online pornography. 

Download your copy for free A Parents Guide to a Better Internet - Updated 2021. Download the Irish version here.


Talking Points for Parents: Nobody understands the online world of children and teenagers better than their fellow young people. Based on their own online experiences, these Talking Points have been created by 35 members of our youth panel in consultation with over 140 students from across Ireland to help parents approach the conversation in a way that will encourage your child or teen to open up about their life online!

Download your copy for free.


Online Safety Tips for ParentsOnline Safety Tips for Parents: The leaflet has useful tips for parent to ensure that their children have a positive experience online. It includes advice on having an open and ongoing conversation, agree rules, and leading by example.

Download your copy for free Parents Online Safety Checklist



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Family e-Safety Kit
Aimed at six to twelve year olds, The Family e-Safety Kit, was created to help parents share the benefits and risks of surfing the web in a fun and engaging way. 

Download Family e-Safety Kit Parental Guide



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Play and Learn: Being OnlineIntended for 4- to 8-year-olds, this book gives a glimpse of the impact of modern technology on everyday life, through 30 pages of fun and games. Above all it offers an opportunity for parents and teachers to sit together with their children and discuss these important issues.

Download Play and Learn: Being Online




Top 8 Tips for Parents: As parents, the most important thing you can do to reduce online risks is to engage with your child’s digital lifestyle. These practical tips will help you to prepare your child to be a responsible internet user.

Internet Safety: Top Tips for Parents




Checklist: How to deal with cyberbullying: Help your child take control by not putting up with offensive content and by reporting it when you come across it. Here are some ways you can respond to unwanted messages.

Cyberbullying Checklist




Checklist: How to manage your online reputation: Help your child make the most of their time online with this useful checklist for managing their digital footprint.

Online Reputation Checklist




#TalkListenLearn Campaign: The #TalkListenLearn campaign for Safer Internet Day 2022 encourages parents to have open and regular conversations with their child about the internet. To talk to them about benefits and the risks, but also to listen to what their child has to say and to learn about their life online. Research consistently shows that many children do not tell if something goes wrong online. Having conversations with your child is one of the most effective ways of ensuring that they have a safe and positive experience, and to help them to feel comfortable coming to you if they encounter an issue.


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Talk to someone

Worried about something you have seen online or concerned about your child? Childline and the National Parents Council Primary offer free advice and support service.

Childline is a support service for young people up to the age of 18.There is a 24hr telephone, online and mobile phone texting service.

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The National Parents Council Primary enables and empowers parents to be effective partners in their children’s education.

01 887 4477

Report Illegal Content

Sometimes you might unwittingly stumble across illegal online content like child abuse imagery. Always remember: you can report it and get it removed using

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