Staying Safe Online

Surfing the internet is fun and exciting, but you need to be aware of the risks and dangers lurking online. Check out the safeguarding list we created to help you.

Privacy

Keep your personal information private – don’t share your real name, email, home address, or your telephone number with people you met online, even if you’ve been talking to them for a long time.

Passwords – Never share your passwords! Create strong passwords with combinations of numbers, letters and symbols. Make sure you note them down somewhere safe and change them regularly.

Think about WHAT and HOW you want to share – Once it’s online, it is not yours anymore. If you don’t want your friends, parents or teachers to see it, simply keep it offline. Remember that even if you delete a photo or video off social media, many sites keep copies on their servers which can be found by hackers. Always be respectful and kind to others, as you would do in the real world.

Cyber Bullying

Fight online bullying - if you receive unwanted attentions, uncomfortable material or aggressive messages by someone online, talk to an adult you trust (for example, a parent or a teacher) about it. They can help you report the user to the website and block them from causing further harassment.

If you need someone to talk to call Childline or BullyingUK.

Grooming awareness – Unfortunately, some vicious adults can fake an online identity to make friends with younger users and persuade them into dangerous situations. This is called “grooming”. As a rule, don’t ever meet in person with people you have met online, or do so only in the presence of an adult you trust in a public place.

Location Protection

Don’t share your location– When posting a picture, make sure you are not giving clues to strangers about your location. Ensure you unplug and cover your webcam when you are not using it. You can also uncheck the “Location Settings” on your browser to ensure you are not sharing your location. You can also do this is the settings of Facebook, and other social media accounts.

Virus Protection

Beware of suspicious e-mails – When you receive an email from someone you don’t know, don’t open attachments or click on links: they can contain a virus!

Enable an antivirus software – many antivirus providers offer protection for all devices, including your mobile. Ensure your antivirus is always up to date.

Please visit https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/ for extra info and advice.

 

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