Simplified Social Media Terms and Conditions for Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and WhatsApp

Children often don’t know what they’re signing up to when they join Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, WhatsApp or Instagram. That’s why the Children’s Commissioner have worked with lawyers to create simplified versions of Terms and Conditions for the most popular social media platforms.

Young & eSafe

A wonderful new resource from the office of the Australian e-Safety Commissioner that can be used by schools and parents.

Screen Time boundaries


Top Tips
1. Use digital devices together: Get involved in your child’s online activities. Have fun, play games and learn together online, just as you would in the physical world. It will then be natural for your child to turn to you if they experience anything upsetting online.

2. Set clear expectations: Clear family rules can help your child have a positive start to their digital life and get the most out of being online. Ask your child to help create some family rules.

3. Be informed: Many digital devices, services and content providers offer a range of parental controls. You can choose the type of content and options that are suitable for your child.

4. Establish good habits early on: Both adults and children enjoy sharing moments with family and friends through online images and videos. Starting conversations and good habits early on is a great way to support children in staying safe online.

There is a wealth of information available to support schools, colleges and parents to keep children safe online. The following list is not exhaustive but should provide a useful starting point:




What it does/provides


NCA CEOPs advice on online safety


Home Office advice on healthy relationships, including sexting and pornography

UK safer internet centre

Contains a specialist helpline for UK schools and colleges


Includes a template for setting out online safety policies

internet matters

Help for parents on how to keep their children safe online


Help for parents on how to keep their children safe online

childnet cyberbullying

Guidance for schools on cyberbullying

pshe association

Guidance and useful teaching resources covering online safety issues including pornography and the sharing of sexual images


Practical advice for parents, teachers and governors on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation.

the use of social media for online radicalisation

A briefing note for schools on how social media is used to encourage travel to Syria and Iraq


The UK Council for Child Internet Safety's website provides:

Sexting advice

Online safety: Questions for Governing Bodies

Education for a connected world framework



NSPCC advice for schools and colleges


NSPCC advice for parents


Independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media for children and their parents

searching screening and confiscation

Guidance to schools on searching children in schools and confiscating items such as mobile phones


Advice and resources from the London Grid