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

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.
Get Safe Online: check a website Individuals and businesses Checks whether a website is likely to be legitimate or a scam before you visit it.

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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