Online and E-safety

You know it makes sense to keep yourself safe online and using your mobile. Keep following those basic SMART rules - they apply to all ages!

Check out the information below and enjoy looking at the websites we have signposted for you.

What does 'keeping safe online' mean?

It is great to keep in contact with family and friends, sharing pictures, using the webcam and blogging. You can play games with people all around the world and live out different roles in virtual worlds.

How can I keep myself safe online?

Internet safety tips:

  • Never give out your real name
  • Never tell anyone where you go to school or college 
  • Only meet someone from a chatroom in a public place with one of your parents or another adult. If they are genuinely who they say they are they will be happy to do this
  • Never give out your address or telephone number
  • Never agree to meet anyone from a chatroom on your own
  • Tell an adult if someone makes inappropriate suggestions to you or makes you feel uncomfortable online

For further advice see the Bullying UK website.

Danger signs

  • If the person tries to insist on having your address or phone number
  • If the person emails you pictures which make you feel uncomfortable and which you would not want to show to anyone else
  • If the person wants to keep their chats with you secret
  • If the person tells you that you will get into trouble if you tell an adult what has been going on
  • If the person emails you pictures which make you feel uncomfortable and which you would not want to show to anyone else
  • If the person wants you to email them pictures of yourself or use a webcam in a way which makes you feel uncomfortable
  • If the person shares information with you and tells you not to tell anyone else about it
  • If the person wants to meet you and tells you not to let anyone know

It's important to make sure you know who you are sharing your personal information with. Check out your privacy and security settings and see what others can see about your profile.

Ask your best friend to check out your accounts to see what information you are giving away.

Leaving a positive digital footprint is important - you don't want random people seeing stuff that you only really want to share with close friends and family!

Everyone has private things they don't want strangers to know about. Sometimes people will try and send you information that you don't want to see so it is important to know what to do when this happens.

If you are chatting online to someone who you do not know tell your mum, dad or trusted adult about it. When you use chat rooms or instant messengers (IM) use a nickname rather than your actual name. Don't share your personal information like your address or which school or college you go to. Never arrange to meet anyone.

Check out the age restrictions on any games you play on the internet or on your mobile and any code of conduct rules that are in place.

Also social networking sites are great - but remember you should be at least 13 to use most of them. Always make sure your privacy and account settings are correct before you start - and if you don't know quite what to do ask your mum, dad or trusted adult to help you. Remember to take regular checks to ensure your settings are keeping you safe.

When you email and text make sure you are not going to upset anyone with what's in your message or attachments. When you send out a photo or image, remember it is no longer private. Be careful about opening attachments when you get a message - particularly if it is from someone you don't know. Attachments can contain viruses. If in doubt don't open the message and always tell a trusted adult.

More information

There's lots of good information to grab hold of about keeping yourself safe online and when using your mobile. Check out: 

You can always ring ChildLine on 0800 1111 about any problem, at any time (day or night) for help and advice.

Please note that we can not be held responsible for the content of any of these external websites.

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