Internet safety tips
While the internet can be a fun and useful tool, it is important to remember that you should always use it responsibly.
Here are some internet safety tips for young people:
- Always ask your parents or guardian before you give out personal details like your name, address, phone number and school to anyone on the internet.
- Never send pictures of yourself to anyone without asking permission from your parent or guardian first.
- Be careful about any information you post in a message board or in a blog. Even small details may give away your identity.
- Remember that because you can't see or hear the people you chat to online, they may not be who they say they are. They may actually be much older or different to how they have described themselves.
- Don't reply to any message that makes you feel uncomfortable or that is rude or nasty.
- Tell your parent (or an adult you trust) about anything you see or receive on the internet which makes you feel uncomfortable.
- If you want to meet someone in person that you have met online, tell your parent or an adult and take them with you. Always meet in a public place.
- Don't fill out any forms or give out your bank details without asking your parent or guardian first.
- Get to know your online friends just as you do with all your friends.
- Remember that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Be careful if someone offers you something for nothing.
- Never write to someone who has made you feel uncomfortable or scared.
- Do not meet someone or have them visit you without the permission of your parents or guardian.
- Tell your parents or guardian right away if you read anything on the internet that makes you feel uncomfortable.
- If you believe you are the victim of online stalking or cyber bullying, please visit our Technology Crime page for information on how to report the incident.