The internet is amazing. You can play, learn, create and connect - opening up a whole world of exciting possibilities. But with the digital world is changing all the time, how can you make sure you're staying safe?
How To Stay Safe
Keep Personal Information Professional and Limited
Keep Your Privacy Settings On
Practice Safe Browsing
Make Sure Your Internet Connection is Secure. Use a Secure VPN Connection
Be Careful What You Download
Choose Strong Passwords
Make Online Purchases From Secure Sites
Be Careful What You Post
Be Careful Who You Meet Online
Keep Your Antivirus Program Up To Date
Cyber bullying is done using digital technologies, such as computers and smartphones, and software such as social media, instant messaging, texts, websites and other online platforms.
You cannot always be sure that you know who you are talking to on the internet. It is extremely common for people to disguise their identity by using a fake name and somebody else's pictures.
1. Don’t give out personal information. No one should give out their name, age, address, school name, phone number or photos of themselves online, in chat rooms, by email, by instant message or clubs online.
2. Don’t talk to strangers. This age-old advice is especially important online, in almost all circumstances. If you don’t know the person, you should “unfriend” them on Facebook, and don’t let them follow or be a follower on Instagram!
3. Never meet with an online “friend” in person, especially without a parent accompanying you. Dangerous strangers can easily pretend online to be someone they are not.
4. Don’t respond to strange requests. If you receive an instant message from a stranger that seems inappropriate in some way, log off and notify an adult immediately. Especially if this person is asking you about sensitive information, something to do with your location, or for photos. If you feel uncomfortable, notify an adult.
5. Do not accept online messages from strangers. Do not open or accept emails, links, attachments, URLs or anything else from someone you do not know and trust in real life.
6. If somebody is being mean to you, or rude, then you do not need to talk to this person. Simply log off and ignore any messages, then notify an adult.
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Thinkuknow is a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.
Explore one of the six Thinkuknow websites for advice about staying safe when you're on a phone, tablet or computer