Staying Safe Online
The internet is a great way to connect with others and learn new things. It’s important you know how to stay safe and keep others safe online.
Top tips for staying safe on-line
- Think about what you share on-line: check your privacy settings and don’t post personal information with people you don’t know. This includes address, email address and phone number.
- Think before you post: don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your teacher or parents to see. Don’t post anything that will harm or upset someone else.
- Never share or reveal your passwords.
- Be careful who you talk to. Someone might not be who they say they are.
- Friends you make on-line are still strangers, even if you’ve been talking to them for a long time. Don’t meet up with friends you make on-line unless you’ve talked it through with an adult you trust first and they can help you stay safe.
It is illegal to make or share indecent images of anyone under the age of 18, think before you share!. Please take the time to read the Home Office Guidance - Indecent Images of Children : Guidance for Young People.
There are lots of places you can get advice and support around keeping yourself safe and online abuse. We think the following are good sites:-
Disrespect NoBody offers advice for on-line relationships, sexting, consent, rape and porn.
Child Exploitation & Online Protection (CEOP) CEOP is the place to report ANYTHING that has made you worried or feel unsafe online. One of the child protection advisers is on hand to make sure you get the help that you need. By making reports you could also be protecting another young person who may be vulnerable.
ThinkUKnow Tells you everything you need to know about staying safe online and getting the help and support you need.
ChildLine has online safety tips, and information on what to do if you’re being bullied online.