Staying safe on-line
Many young people use the internet and other electronic devices almost every day - so staying safe while you are on-line is very important.
But it's not just on the internet where you need to take care. Text messages, e-mails and mobile phones with cameras can be used for cyber bullying or for unwanted attention.
The internet has many uses and is a great place to be - you can use it to do your homework, send emails, talk to friends, meet new people, share photos and much more. You might feel safe talking to a stranger on-line if they cannot see you - but if you cannot see them either, how do you know who they are? They might say they are the same age as you but they might not be.
You need to be careful what you do and what you say when you are on-line.
- Don't give out your telephone number
- Don't give out your address or date of birth
- Don't arrange to meet anyone alone
You also need to be careful about posting photos on-line. A photo that shows your school uniform or school logo can be used to find out what school you go to. If you have posted your real name it would not be too difficult to find you.
The internet is there to be enjoyed. It is a great place to talk to friends and meet new people, but always think before you give out any information. Not everyone you talk to will be who they say they are.
Cyber Bullying is when someone is bullied on the internet, receives nasty e-mails or text messages. Some people also use mobile phones with cameras on them to bully people.
Some people might think cyber bullying is just a bit of fun. In reality, cyber bullying is just as harmful as any other type of bullying and should not be tolerated.
If you or anyone you know experience any form of bullying you should tell a teacher or your parents.
- Cyber bullying should not be tolerated
- Cyber bullying should be reported
Zip it, Block it, Flag it
The Child Exploitation and On-line Protection Centre is dedicated to protecting children from sexual abuse wherever they may be. The CEOP website offers a number of ways to get help and advice as well as the option to report any instance of sexual contact or harmful material.
CEOP's thinkuknow website has the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it.