Staying Safe Online

The Internet is an amazing tool for learning, finding information and staying in touch with family and friends. It is important to keep yourself safe online just as you do in real life. Always remember:

1. Never give your name, address or school online. Use aliases (code names) on chatrooms and in online games.
2. If you find anything that makes you uncomfortable online, then tell a trusted adult immediately.
3. Never, ever agree to meet online 'friends' except with a responsible adult and then meet in a public place.
4. Cover your webcam or turn it to face the wall when you are not using it. Computer viruses can turn a webcam on without you being aware.
5. Set your privacy settings on every app and device.
6. Turn off your location when you are a couple of streets away from home. Don't have geo-location/GPS turned on at home. You can be tracked through your posts and internet activity.

These websites give excellent advice about how to keep safe online. There are videos, games, free resources and expert advice on each one. Check out:

Think U Know



UK Internet Centre

You should report online abuse or suspected abuse/grooming through CEOP and the police.