How to stay safe online
Alongside the wonderful and exciting things that the web brings,
there can be hidden dangers as well.
- In internet chat rooms, people can pretend to be someone that
they aren't and entice you to meet them.
- You can receive unwanted and nasty emails, texts or have
something posted on a website about you. This is known as cyber
- People can use your personal details for their own
There are a few rules that you need to stick to make your time
on the internet or in chat rooms as safe as possible. Rather than
list them here, there are a couple of websites that you can visit
to get advice
- Visit Childnet International and follow the SMART
- For advice on chat-room safety take a look at Chatdanger.
- thinkuknow.co.uk has some straight-talking
advice on many aspects of online safety - follow the sections from
the dropdown box on the opening page.
- CEOP has
some useful information, and will also let you report anything
you've seen or experienced on the internet that has made you feel
threatened or uncomfortable.
If you do encounter problems with something you do on the
internet, TELL SOMEONE. You'll not only be
protecting yourself but other people of your age as well.
Your parents, teacher or a trusted adult will be able to help
you. If they want some advice, then get them to read this page.
The Government's Department for Children, Schools and Familes
have also produced guidelines on cyber bullying.