The internet is a great way to connect with your family and friends and learn new things, but it is very important to stay safe and not put yourself in danger.

 

Tips on how to stay safe

 

  • When choosing a profile picture for any social networking website avoid photos that could give strangers clues about where you live
  • Check your privacy settings regularly
  • Think about what you should and shouldn’t share
  • Don’t upload or share anything you wouldn’t want your parents, teachers or friends seeing
  • Use strong passwords, those that have a mixture of letters and numbers. Always keep passwords to yourself and change them regularly
  • If somebody you don’t know adds you as a friend, ignore them and delete their request
  • Don’t share personal information such as your address or phone number with anyone you don’t know
  • Always cover or unplug your webcam when not in use
  • Don’t arrange to meet up with people you’ve met online
  • If you read anything online that worries you, tell someone about it
  • ‘Sexting’ is when someone sends or receives a sexually explicit text, image or video on their mobile phone, usually in a text message