The internet and mobile telephone are great ways to connect with your friends and learn new things. But it's also important to stay safe.
There are a few ways you can help make sure you're not in danger when you are online..
Be careful what you look at and share
- Only share your contact details, including your mobile telephone number, with people you know and trust
- Check with your parent or carer before you visit websites, download apps or upload any photographs or videos
- Check your privacy settings regularly and ask your parents or carers to check them also
- Think about what should be shared in public and what shouldn't
- Learn about how you can take care of your digital footprint.
Think before you post
- Don't upload or share anything you wouldn't want your parents, teachers or friends seeing. Once you press send, it is no longer private. You can't be sure who will end up seeing it.
- Never share or reveal your passwords
- Use strong passwords that are hard for others to guess, using a mix of letters and numbers. Keep passwords to yourself and change them regularly.
- Be careful who you chat to
- If somebody you don't know adds you as a friend, ignore them and delete their request.
- Do not answer telephone calls from a number you don’t know or when the number is withheld
Keeping your devices safe
- Ask a parent or carer to put anti-virus software on all your devices. You can get anti-virus software for mobiles as well as tablets, laptops and PCs. Make sure that you keep it updated.
- Check a website is secure. Before entering private information such as passwords or payment details, ask a parent or carer to check it for you. Look for the padlock symbol after the web address or 'https' in front of the web address in your browser; if there is no padlock NEVER enter any details.
- Think before you click
If you receive an email from a stranger, do not open it
- Cover your webcam
If you're not using your webcam:
- unplug it
- cover the lens
- point it at a blank wall.
- Check your privacy settings
You can use privacy settings to control who sees your information. Instructions on how to do this depend on what websites and social networking sites you're using.
Online communities can be great for getting help with lots of different things. But sometimes it’s hard to know if an online community is making things better or worse.
Harmful online communities can change the way you see life – even if you don’t want that to happen. It can also trigger thoughts and emotions. Ask yourself: “is a community really trying to help me or is it making things worse?” If you’re part of an online community that is negative or harmful, it is okay to leave. You have control over the websites you visit. Don’t feel guilty about going to a more positive community instead.
Advice for parents and carers
The following websites have useful, up-to-date information about social media sites and internet safety. Please contact school if you would like further information.