Stay Safe online!
- When you are using the internet at school or at home it is very important that you stay safe.
- You would have been taught at school how to stay safe when using the internet on the computer, an iPad or a mobile phone. It is also a good idea to talk to your parents and they will be able to help you!
- If you are worried about anything you see on the internet talk to an adult who you trust.
Follow our SMART rules: 5 Top Tips to stay safe online!
Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.
Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, images or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information by looking at other websites, in books, or with someone who knows. If you like chatting online it’s best to only chat to your real world friends and family.
Tell a parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone, or something, makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.
Has something happened online that has made you feel worried or unsafe?
Information for Parents
The internet has changed all of our lives, particularly our children’s. For parents and carers this opens up a whole new world of things to be aware of. For many of us, this can all be a bit worrying.
You might be struggling to keep up with the things your child is doing online, you might wonder whether what they are doing is safe or just not sure how to start a conversation about online safety with your child.
This part of our website aims to help you navigate your way around online safety, giving simple practical tips and guidance.
We do hold information sessions for parents and carers with the support of the Community Police Team please check our diary dates and newsletters regularly.
Below you will find some useful weblinks and factsheets.
And please, most importantly, if you are worried about anything you see online REPORT IT!