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Advice about child safety online

Technology is part of our everyday lives and that is particularly true for children and young people.  With access to the internet and all the benefits that brings, comes some risk – which can be managed with the right support from parents and online safety education specifically for young people.

What are the risks to young people online?

  • Cyberbullying
  • Inappropriate contact and grooming for sexual abuse
  • Seeing inappropriate and age restricted content
  • Seeing illegal content
  • Viruses and hacking

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre’s education programme is called Thinkuknow and has been designed to help young people, their parents or carers, and teachers to understand these risks in a way that is appropriate for different age groups of children and young people. 

What is the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre?

CEOP is the national law enforcement agency created to protect children from sexual abuse. CEOP receives reports from the public and the online industry regarding sexual abuse of children and can investigate these reports and work with local police and law enforcement agencies to protect children

CEOP's Thinkuknow programme does three important things:

  1. it teaches children to have fun online
  2. helps them to understand the risks online and how to take steps to protect themselves
  3. explains how to report a problem – whether that is to their parents or a trusted adult or directly to the police via the CEOP Report Button

ICEOP Report Buttonf you are concerned about someone’s inappropriate behaviour towards a child online, you can report this directly to specially trained professionals at CEOP at


On the website you can access a wealth of advice and guidance, education materials, films and practical hints and tips regarding online safety


For parents and carers

For primary age children aged 5-7

For primary age children 8-10

For young people aged 11-16

For teachers and professionals working with children

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