Internet safety

Online safety

The internet is useful and simple to access but it's also easy to forget common sense safety.

Whenever you're online:

  • never give out personal details, photographs, or information that could be used to identify you, your family, or where you live
  • remember everyone you meet online is a stranger, even if they act like a friend
  • never arrange to meet someone you've only met online, without giving the details to a friend
  • don't open an attachment or download a file unless you know and trust the person who has sent it
  • never respond directly to anything you find disturbing when using the internet or email - log off and report it

Where to get advice

The websites below can help you stay safe online.

Website Helpful for How it can help
UK Safer Internet Centre Young people, parents, carers and teachers Advice and resources for staying safe online and making the most of opportunities that the internet provides.
Think U Know Children, young people, parents and teachers Online safety information for children aged 5 to 7, 8 to 10, 11 to 13, and 14 and over.
CEOP Safety Centre Children, young people and parents CEOP - the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre - helps young people who've been approached online about sex or are suffering sexual abuse.
CEOP Report Anyone If someone is making you feel uncomfortable about sex you should report to CEOP.
The Parent Zone Parents and people who work with parents Online safety organisation that helps families make the most of the internet.
Parent Info Schools Expert information to help children and young people stay safe online, for schools to host on their own websites.
Get Safe Online Individuals and businesses Free advice and information to help you protect yourself against internet threats.

Stranger danger online

Gable Hall secondary school pupils have made a short film to increase awareness of the need to stay safe online. All young people and their parents can benefit from seeing it.

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