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Staying Safe Online

Internet Safety, or Online Safety, is knowing how to maximise your personal safety and manage security risks with using the internet. Most social networking and chat sites have a page about safety.  As so many people use the internet and social media apps to communicate, it has become vitally important to safeguard yourself.


The seven greatest risks that young people face online are:

  • Cyberbullying
  • Cyberpredators
  • Posting Private Information
  • Phishing
  • Falling for Scams
  • Accidentally Downloading Malware
  • Posts that Come Back to Haunt a Child Later in Life


Top 10 Tips for Staying Safe Online

1)      Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.

2)      Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself.  Once you’ve put  a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.

3)      Keep your privacy settings as high as possible

4)      Never give out your passwords

5)      Don’t befriend people you don’t know

6)      Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online.  Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do

7)      Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are

8)      Think carefully about what you say before you post something online

9)      Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude

10)   If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately.