Do you like chatting with your friends on your mobile phone, communicating by email or searching for information on the internet? Have a look below to see how you can use media safely, where you stay in control and you know how to get yourself out of a situation that might be dangerous or make you feel uncomfortable.
- Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.
- 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.
- Keep your privacy settings as high as possible
- Never give out your passwords
- Don’t befriend people you don’t know.
- Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online. Speak to your parent, carer or teacher about people suggesting you do.
- Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are.
- Think carefully about what you say before you post something online.
- Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude.
- 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.
- You should only have an email account with permission from an adult
- Think about who you give your email address to – you don’t know where it might end up
- Never open emails from people you do not know
- If you receive an annoying, nasty or rude mail, don’t reply to it, but do keep it to show an adult at home and then at school so it can be properly dealt with
- Keep passwords private to yourself and your parents
If something has happened online which has made you feel unsafe, scared or worried CEOP is here to help you. Clicking the button below allows you to report what has happened to an experienced advisor.
You can also contact Childline and talk to a councellor on the phone, by email or through 1-2-1 counsellor chat. Whatever feels best for you.