Keep Safe Online
The internet is a wonderful place to explore and discover exciting new things, to connect and communicate with friends and be creative. However it is essential that we use it carefully to stay safe. You wouldn’t tell a stranger on the street where you live, or give them your phone number. You do not know who they are! This is the same as talking to people on the internet, you do not know who they are or if they are telling the truth.
Keep safe by following the Childnet SMART rules:
Safe: Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.
Meet: Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
Accepting: Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, images or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
Reliable: Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information by looking at other websites, in books, or with someone who knows. If you like chatting online it’s best to only chat to your real world friends and family.
Tell: Tell a parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone, or something, makes you feel
uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.
If something upsets you online or you are worried about a friend it can really help to talk to someone. There are lots of people who can help you. You should talk to an adult you trust and/or your teacher if anything has upset you or made you feel uncomfortable whilst online.
Remember you can call ChildLine on 0800 11 11 or visit the ChildLine website if you ever need to talk to someone in confidence. If you are worried about the behaviour of another adult online, visit Thinkuknow to make a report.