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Digital Download
Issue 4, 9 May 2019
Tips on keeping up with children's digital world
Welcome to the third issue of our Digital Download, filled with topical online safety advice to help children navigate the online world smartly and safely.
In this issue we put a spotlight on; how our new ‘Plusnet Plays on the Internet’ hopes to help tackle online safety issues through theatre, we unveil more screen time tips from experts to help kids strike the right balance, new research sheds light on impact of tech on teenage loneliness and we look at how new regulations plan to make the UK the safest place to be online.
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Featured Topics
New resource: ‘Plays on the Internet' helps tackle online safety through theatre
In collaboration with Plusnet, children’s author Konnie Huq and Theatre Group Chickenshed, we’ve created a trilogy of plays to educate families on internet safety.
The plays use theatre to explore three important topics relevant to young digital natives today – cyberbullying, online grooming and online reputation. We launched the plays on April 29th with a one-off performance at Chickenshed in London, a youth theatre group that works with children to help them understand important social issues through performing arts.

Following the performance, the scripts along with workshop tips for schools, youth groups and parents are now available to download on our site.
Screen time guide to help children get the balance right
As the World Health Organisation releases its guidelines for screen time, suggesting children aged between 2 – 4 years old should only be allowed one hour a day, we've created a practical screen time guide to help parents give the right advice to children as guidelines continue to evolve around this issue.
Our expert panellist Alan Mackenzie and digital parenting expert Elizabeth Milovidov also have provided guidance on simple ways to encourage children to get the balance right between time spent on and offline.
Understanding impact of tech on teenage loneliness
TalkTalk Teenager Loneliness and Technology report recently revealed a digital divide between parents and children over the role technology can play in either improving or worsening feelings of loneliness in teenagers. Half of teens in the UK (48%) think that social media and the internet makes them feel less lonely while only a quarter (26%) of their parents agree.
In a bid to make tech work for you, we’ve launched a guide on how parents can use tech to help children get active, along with advice on tackling screen time, conversation starters and practical tips for setting limits across children’s devices.
New UK duty of care to put children's online safety first
Throughout the month of April, the UK government released a number of reports to highlight its commitment to making the UK the safest place to be online.

Alongside proposals to introduce new measures to encourage companies to take reasonable steps to keep their users safe and tackle illegal and harmful activity on their services, a date for the introduction of Age-verification on commercial online pornography sites was released.

As the UK will become the first country in the world to bring in age-verification for online pornography in July, our new research revealed parents’ concerns about their children viewing online pornography, with 1 in 3 parents concerned their children will become addicted to pornography.

Although parents welcome and support age verification, there is no substitute for having regular and honest conversations with your child about what they’re getting up to online. Download our guide on how to start a conversation with children to protect them from online pornography.
Highlight: Parent stories
Challenges of talking to children about their digital lives
Finding the right time and approach to talk to children about what they do online can be tricky. For Eileen a married mum of two children aged 8 and 10 it is particularly difficult as she shares her story.
Latest video
How to set privacy settings on TikTok app
Replacing, TikTok has grabbed the attention of millions of young people around the world and quickly grown as the world’s leading short-form video platform.

With 500 million monthly users and growing, we've created a short how-to video to make use of its safety features to help children stay safe on the app.
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Key online issue explained

From cyberbullying to dealing with online grooming, you'll find expert advice and resources to support your child on the top challenges they may face online.

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Get in control of parental controls

Set up your child's device safely with our parental control and privacy how-to guides, offering video and visual steps to make it simple.

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Try age-specific safety advice

Whether you have a pre-schooler or a teen to support online, use our age-specific advice to give them the right advice and get up to speed with what they need support on at that age.


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