Staying Safe: Internet Safety
Using the internet can be fun, but you must remember to keep yourself safe. There are some simple rules which will help:
- Only use your first name.
- Don’t give out personal information such as your address, telephone number or email address.
- If you are worried about anything that you see or anything anybody says to you, TELL A TRUSTED ADULT as soon as possible.
Being online and using the internet is just like being in the real world – you can chat to people, play games and share pictures. But sometimes things happen which can make you upset. People may say nasty things to you which upset you, or you may see something that you don’t like.
If ever you are worried about something you have seen on the internet, first of all TELL A TRUSTED ADULT. If you are really anxious, and there is nobody around to tell, then you can report your concerns to CEOP, who are police for the internet to help children. Click on this picture and it will take you to their website straight away.
- If something like this happens to you, you must remember that it’s not your fault. Don’t worry about being rude to somebody on the internet who has frightened or upset you.
- Remember to SAVE ANY MESSAGES that have upset you so you can show them to who you tell – they will be able to help, and they will be able to give you good advice about what else you can do. Never worry about getting in trouble – you aren’t the one who has done anything wrong.
- If you don’t want to talk to a trusted adult, you may want to chat to someone else about how you feel. THERE4ME IS A SITE WHERE YOU CAN HAVE A PRIVATE ONE-TO-ONE CHAT with someone from the children’s charity NSPCC.
- You can also CALL CHILDLINE FREE ON 0800 1111. You can talk to someone in private and it won’t show up on your phone bill.
Also remember to be polite and respectful to your friends or people that you know. Think before you post!