John Stainer

Online Safety Advice for children

We all know how much you love to go online and how creative you can be online. But remember it is important to keep yourself safe. Follows these top tips to ensure you have a positive experience online.

Top tips for keeping safe online:

  • Be careful what you share 
    Remember if you post something publicly anyone can find it unless you have privacy settings in place.. If you share something but you only want your friends to see it, think carefully about how your family, teachers and classmates might react. 
  • Think before you post 
    Sometimes we can get carried away online and post things without thinking. Because we can't see the person we are chatting to, we cannot see their reaction and we might not realise how much we may have hurt their feelings.
  • Be careful who you accept as friends
    If somebody you don't know adds you as a friend, remember you cannot be sure they are who they say they are. Don't share personal information like your address or phone number with somebody you don't know. And if someone upsets you - tell a trusted adult who will help you to  report them and block them if necessary.
  • Know who you are trusted adults are
    If you see something  or someone posts you a message that makes you feel upset or a bit funny, then make sure you tell a trusted adult.
  • Don't meet people you don't know
    Even if you get on with them online, you never know who they really are.
  • Create a strong password and keep it private
    Remember not to share your password with anyone -  even your friends as they might do something silly using your identity which could get your into trouble.  Use strong passwords that are hard for others to guess, using a mix of letters, numbers and symbols like (like £, $, &, !, etc.). Don't pick something that someone will be able to guess about you like your favourite football team. It's also a good idea to change it regularly.

If you do have a problem online and you don't feel that you can talk to a trusted adult, remember you can talk to Childline on Freephone 0800 1111 or online.

And remember you can report any problems you have online - look out for the CEOP Report button below and many apps also have their own report buttons.