Are you safe online?

The internet’s a great place for chatting with your mates and helping with homework, but it can also be dangerous if you’re not careful.

Here are some top tips on things you can do to help you stay safe:

Do:
  • Be aware that there are sites that are illegal and may contain sex and violence. You might be encouraged to view them without wanting to through sharing on social media sites.
  • Tell someone if you see or read anything online that worries you.
  • Be aware that there is an age restriction to join some sites such as Facebook.
  • Use a strong password (ie don’t use any names or words that someone might guess, like the name of your dog or your favourite singer. Use random letters or numbers and change your password regularly).
  • Make sure you know about the safety features on any networking site. Some, for example, have a ‘panic button’ which you can press if you see something that shouldn’t be there. Take a look here.
Don’t:
  • Give out personal information such as your address or phone number.
  • Let strangers view your information. Change your security settings so only your friends can see.
  • Open emails or attachments from people you don’t know.
  • Accept friends requests from people you don’t know.
  • Arrange to meet someone in person who you’ve met online.
  • Post pictures and videos that you want to keep private. If you wouldn’t print it out and pass it round then it shouldn’t be on your profile – if it’s been seen and shared it’s too late.

‘Exposed’. This 10 minute drama has been designed for 14 to 18 year olds. ‘Exposed’ deals with the subjects of sexting and cyberbullying, issues that teenagers commonly face.

girl_on_laptopCyber bullying
Cyber bullying is when someone deliberately tries to upset you online or via your mobile phone. It can happen 24 hours a day, seven days a week and you can feel like there is no escape. Find out more.

Cyber stalking
Stalking and harassment on the internet can be very frightening and upsetting.
It might involve harassment by an ex or someone you have met online.

 

girl_in_pink_on_mobileOnline grooming
Online grooming is the term used to describe inappropriate behaviour by an adult towards a young person like you.

Paedophiles use the internet to contact young people in chat rooms and on social media sites. They often disguise themselves as another young person to gain your trust and build up friendships. They may get you to share inappropriate images or try and arrange to meet up and in some cases this has led to a sexual offence being committed.

 

teenager_on_computerIdentity Theft
Be careful how much information you post about yourself online. Never post personal details such as your email address, phone number, postal address or any banking information, because this can be used by someone to steal your identity. The consequences can be very serious. If someone steals your or your parents’ identities, they can steal a lot of money and commit crimes in their name.

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