Staying Safe Online
Children use the internet regularly and may be involved in more online activity than their parents. Some children may have greater technical knowledge than their parents, but they may be unable to identify the risks of giving too much personal information online, and may be unable to spot scams as readily as adults.
Take time to get involved with your children’s internet use and teach them about online safety, which includes the following:
1. Don’t post any personal information online - like your address, email address or phone number
2. 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
3. Keep your privacy settings as high as possible
4. Never give out your passwords
5. Don’t befriend people you don’t know
6. Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online. Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do
7. Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are
8. Think carefully about what you say before you post something online
9. Respect other peoples views - even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views it doesn’t mean you need to be rude
10. If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried leave the website, turn off your computer if you want, and tell a trusted adult immediately.