Keeping Safe Online
The Internet is a fantastic resource for learning, sharing information, talking to friends and meeting new people, but it’s easy to forget that many issues that you need to be aware of in the ‘real world’ such as bullying, privacy, being cautious of strangers, also apply when you are surfing the Internet, using a chat room or using a mobile phone.
Some basic rules:
- Tell an adult (e.g. a parent, carer or teacher) if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried.
- Never post any personal details, including photos, on the Internet (including in chat rooms).
- If you receive an e-mail from a sender that you don’t recognise, don’t open it especially if it contains an attachment.
- Don’t believe everything that you read. Only trust information from reputable sources.
Click Clever, Click Safe
To help you enjoy it safely, you should follow the ‘Click Clever, Click Safe’ Code. It’s just three simple things to remember that can help keep you safe when you visit your favourite websites.
The ‘Click Clever, Click Safe’ code is a list of three simple things to remember when you’re online:
Zip It – When you’re online, always keep your personal stuff private and think about what you say and do.
Block It – Think about blocking people who send you nasty messages and don’t open unknown links and attachments.
Flag It – If you see anything that upsets you online or if someone asks to meet you, flag it up with someone you trust.
More information about online and mobile safety, including cyber bullying, can be found in the online resources below.