For Families and Carers : Staying Safe Online

Woman with Down's syndrome using computer

Staying safe on the net

Many people with Down’s syndrome use the internet and social media websites. Using the internet has lots of positive benefits, but it’s important to stay safe too. As a parent, you can help your son or daughter understand how to stay safe online.

Help for parents and what to do if you have concerns

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) website has information on how to receive help and advice as well as the option to report any instance of sexual contact or harmful material to CEOP.

Think you know has downloadable resources on internet safety for children aimed at children and young people, their parents and carers and teachers.

Safer Net has information for parents and people with learning disabilities on how to look after yourself online. They also have some quick top tips for staying safe.

The NSPCC has information on how parents and carers can make sure their son or daughter is safe online.

The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities has a guide to using the internet and social media for people with learning disabilities: Staying Safe on Social Media and Online.  It covers most of the major social media platforms, such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter; email and using the internet.

Cereba has online safety guides for parents and people with learning disabilities


Cyberbullying is bullying that happens online. It can happen through email, text, social media, online chat rooms and other online media.

Young people with learning disabilities can be more vulnerable to cyberbullying. They also may need more support to understand when someone is bullying them online. Teaching young people the signs of cyberbullying, how to stay safe online, and what to do if someone bullies or upsets them online, can help make sure children and young people with Down’s syndrome have a positive, safe online experience.

The NSPCC has information and support on cyberbullying.

STAR is a teaching resource to help children with autism and learning disabilities stay safe online and protect themselves from cyberbullying: STAR.

For people with Down’s syndrome

We have Easy Read information on online safety for people with Down’s syndrome.

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