The internet is an online community, of people who are connected to each other by computers. Anyone you 'meet' online who you don't know should be treated the same as if you met them on the street- as a stranger. Have a look at the information below, which provides guidance on keeping safe online.
- Don't give out your details (such as user name, photos, where you live, etc) on-line. The internet keeps information for a very long time and can't be deleted. This is especially important with photos and videos.
- Keep your settings on your social media account to private.
- Be aware that people can lie online, and easily pretend to be someone that they are not.
- Don't say and do anything that online that you wouldn't say and do in real life.
- Don't meet up with strangers you meet online without an adult that you can trust.
- Don't open emails or messages from people that you don't know.
- If something is too good to be true, it usually is, and is best ignored. Spam and junk mail encourage you to open them and click on links with promises that are often lies.
- Do not open attachments in emails from people that you don't know. They could contain images or movies which are not appropriate, or they could contain viruses that could destroy your hard drive or install spyware. Spyware watches for usernames and passwords.
- If something happens that you don't like, tell someone. It is never too late.