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
Online safety during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Whilst there are huge benefits to being online during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, many parents may feel concerned about the activities and content their children are accessing. The websites below offer a guidance for parents and advice to keep all internet users safe online.
- GOV.UK: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – staying safe online
- GOV.UK: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – support for parents and carers to keep children safe online
- GOV.UK: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – how to protect yourself from fraud and cyber crime
- National Cyber Security Centre: Cyber Aware – stay secure online during coronavirus
- UK Safer Internet Centre: Keeping children happy and safe online during COVID-19
- Think U Know: Online safety and safeguarding during COVID-19
Further information and advice
The websites below can help you stay safe online.
|Website||Helpful for||How it can help|
|GOV.UK: child safety online||Parents and carers||A practical guide for parents and carers whose children are using social media.|
|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.|
|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.
Watch eSafety on Vimeo.com.