Always be careful when you are using the internet. It can help you to keep in touch with your friends and help your education – but it can also cause harm – to you and to others.
Remember help is always available at school if you are having any problems online.
Don’t be afraid to talk to your teacher or another adult at school.
If you or anyone you know is worried about Child Exploitation, Online Protection or anything related to Internet safety please click the link below which will take you to the CEOP reporting website:
Staying safe online
Tips for children
- Make sure you keep new online friends strictly online. If someone you don't know asks to be your online friend you must ensure an adult knows about it.
- Do not give out personal information online. If someone is asking for your personal details such as your email address, a phone number or your home address, tell an adult straight away.
- Consider what you are posting online about yourself. Once something has been posted about you, it will always be there.
- Be respectful. You might not agree with what some people say but everyone is entitled to their own views and opinions.
- If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, tell an adult straight away.
- Makes sure you know how to use the CEOP Button and how to report it to the CEOP Centre if you are concerned about someone’s online behaviour towards you.
Tips for parents
- Talk to your children about the internet. Share some fun websites together and make using the internet a positive experience.
- Ensure your child knows that the internet can risks when using it. Tell your child not to give out their personal information and that if someone asks for any of their information, that they tell an adult immediately.
- Make sure your child knows that people on the internet are not always who they pretend to be.
- Agree some rules together about how and when to use the internet.
- Get your child to show you what they like doing on the internet.
- Make sure you and your child knows how to use the CEOP Button and how to report it to the CEOP Centre if you are concerned about someone’s online behaviour towards them.
- Lastly, ensure your child knows that the internet is an extremely positive and powerful tool to use.
Popular uses of the internet
The internet is a powerful tool and has evolved hugely over the years. Although there are many risks to be mindful of when using the internet, there are also lots of positive ways in which it can be used. Below are a list of popular uses of the internet.
- use of emails
- discussion groups and forums
- playing games
- social media
- electronic newspapers and magazines
- job hunting