SNAPCHAT, social media, selfies, sexting... as youngsters spend more and more time online, it's important to know where to turn for advice.

Most teenagers now have access to the internet through their smartphone or tablet, and social networking sites have become a vital part of their relationships with others.

Whether you have questions about what your child is sharing online, or are worried that someone you know is being bullied, there are a number of safe sites to seek advice and support.

Internet Matters

FOR tips on setting up your child’s tech devices safely, helping your child deal with cyberbullying, and advice on which apps are age appropiate for your child, visit Internet Matters.

A clear, easy to use website, it also features informative articles about the latest social media apps popular with teenagers, such as Yellow - which allows users to chat and send pictures to friends and strangers on Snapchat and Instagram.


CHILDLINE’s website is a place where young people can discuss any issue bothering them, from sexuality and puberty, to family relationships, drugs and alcohol, racism and bullying.

To talk to a counsellor for free, call 0800 1111.

You will not need credit to make the call, and the number will not show up on a phone bill, so no-one will know you have called.

Bullying UK

FOR information on cyber bullying, staying safe online, sexting, consent, and relationship advice, visit the Bullying UK website.

It features helpful advice for young people, their friends and families, and the live online chat lets you talk to trained staff about any family issue, including bullying.


A HELPLINE service for children and young people up to the age of 25 in Wales, Meic will listen even when no-one else will.

They won’t judge you and will help by giving you information, useful advice and the support you need to make a change.

You can call them free, 7 days a week, between 8am and midnight, on 0808 80 23456.

Meic also has an easy-to-use website, with lots of advice about keeping what you post on social media private, and what to do if you're worried about someone you know, plus a web chat option to talk to someone online.


WHETHER you are experiencing problems at school or college, are unhappy about the way you look, are being treated badly by someone, or are worrying about exams or money, Samaritans can help.

Under-18s can call the charity free on 116 123, for a confidential chat with someone who will listen.

Callers do not have to be suicidal in order to reach out.


THE NSPCC helpline is designed for adults who need advice, or want to share their concerns about a child, anonymously if they wish.

It is staffed by professional practitioners with backgrounds in jobs like teaching, healthcare and social work, who know how to spot the signs of abuse and what to do to help.

If you are worried about a child, call 0808 800 5000 or email, open 24 hours a day.