Be informed, Be careful, BE SAFE. Here’s a selection of links that will help you stay safe online!
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Internet Safety – page 1
Internet safety is without a doubt one of the most important things you need to consider when on your phone or computer. Having fun and connecting with people is so important but doing so and staying safe in today’s digital world is paramount.
But where to start? With so many platforms and things rapidly changing it can feel a bit overwhelming.
Here we have put together some of the best resources to help you make sense of it all and straight forward and simply as possible.
It is always worth knowing that if you are having any issues talking it through with a trusted adult or a specialised organisation WILL help-honestly trust us on this. No matter what is going on or what’s being said or shared online you have options available to you!
What age can I do what?
- 13 years +
- 16 years +
Privacy Settings-a good place to start!
Take a look here for an easy guide to ensure you have set up your privacy and information on the various platforms you use including Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, TikTok etc
Taking care of your privacy and digital footprint | Childline
All sorts of information can be found here on things such as Cyber-bullying, gaming, netiquette, tech advice-how to save evidence online etc
Stay safe tips
Childline set out some simple steps on how to stay safe:
Don’t upload or share anything you wouldn’t want your parents, carers, teachers or future employers seeing. Once you post something, you lose control of it, especially if someone else screenshots or shares it.
Keep things like your address, phone number, full name, school and date of birth private, and check what people can see in your privacy settings. Remember that people can use small clues like a school logo in a photo to find out a lot about you.
Phishing is when someone tries to trick you into giving them information, like your password. Someone might also try to trick you by saying they can make you famous or that they’re from a talent agency. Never click links from emails or messages that ask you to log in or share your details, even if you think they might be genuine. If you’re asked to log into a website, go to the app or site directly instead.
There are lots of ways that people try to trick you into trusting them online. Even if you like and trust someone you’ve met online, never share personal information with them like your address, full name, or where you go to school. Find out more about grooming.
You should never give out your password or log-in information. Make sure you pick strong, easy-to-remember passwords.
Some viruses will let someone access your webcam without you knowing, so make sure you cover your webcam whenever you’re not using it.