Safer Internet Day is coming up next week. On Tuesday 11th we will be discussing ways to stay safe online.
For more information please go to the Safer Internet Day website.
In the meantime, here are some top tips for staying safe:
- Only talk to people you know and trust in real life
- Don’t give away personal information to strangers – like what street you live on, or where you go to school. Say “no” if they ask you to share photos or videos of yourself
- Set your profiles to private
- Be ‘share aware’ – once you share something online, you’ve got no control over what anyone else does with it. And it’s illegal to take, share or view sexual images of under-18s, full stop
- Be mindful of your digital footprint – it could come back to bite you
- If you see something upsetting, or someone bullies you, tell an adult you trust
- Don’t assume everything you see is true to life. People often make their lives look more exciting online
- Watch out for hoaxes and scams, like messages you’re asked to pass on or that as you for payment details or passwords
- Be wary of schemes that promise easy cash in return for you receiving and transferring money, and don’t be fooled by anything that glamorises gang lifestyles
- Watch out for loot boxes or other ways that games get you to pay – before you know it you can spend a lot on them