10 tips to stay safe online

10 tips to stay safe online

10 tips to stay safe online

Not sure what advice to give your child? Our pointers have got you covered.

1. Be careful about talking to people you don’t know and trust in real life – anyone can pretend to be a child online. If you do talk to people you don’t know, don’t give away personal information – such as what street you live on or where you go to school, or share your location with them. Say no to any requests they send you for images or videos of yourself, and stop talking to them

2. Set your profiles to private, to limit what others can see

3. Think carefully about what you share and with who. Once you’ve shared an image, you’ve no control over what the other person does with it. Remember, it’s illegal to take, share or view sexual images of under-18s, full stop

4. Be mindful of your digital footprint. What you post online now could come back to bite you later, like when applying for jobs, college or university

5. If you see something upsetting, or someone bullies you, tell an adult you trust. Also report it to either the platform you are accessing or to the Police or both.

6. When reading news online, ask yourself what the source is, when it was published, and whether it could be a hoax or made up. Read beyond the headline to find out more about the information.

7. Remember, people try to make their lives look more exciting and interesting online. There is a lot people can do with photo editing to make their photos look better. So don’t assume everything you see is a true-to-life representation

8. Watch out for hoaxes and scams, like messages you’re meant to forward on or that ask you for payment details or your password

9. Take any content that seems to glamourise gang lifestyles with a very large pinch of salt – it’s not as glamourous as it looks. Be wary of schemes promising easy cash for receiving and transferring money too, they’re almost definitely criminal activity

10. Watch out for loot boxes or other parts of games where you pay money to take a chance on getting a reward – you can get sucked into spending lots of money on them

If you do not feel confident to start a conversation with your child about what they’re up to online you can read this advice from the NSPCC


10 Internet Safety Tips – Staying Safe Online | SWGfL

Childnet — Online safety for young people

Information, Advice and Support to Keep Children Safe Online (internetmatters.org)

Internet Matters – UK Safer Internet Centre