Are you staying safe online?
We all like to use the internet and talk to others online, but do you know the rules you need to follow to keep safe?
There are many risks from using the internet. Some of these include cyber bullying, grooming, breaching privacy and losing personal information, but, there are many more.
Staying safe online isn’t just important for you – when using sites, you need to think about what you’re saying about, or to, other people.
What are the risks?
Posting personal information, such as your full name, address and phone number, is also risky as this can be lost and someone else can have access to it. This also includes pictures and videos, and not just of yourself, but of others, too.
Some of the most common indicators that your safety is at risk include if someone:
What about other people?
You can also spot the signs of risky behaviour in your friends or people close to you. Keep an eye out for the following signs and report it to someone if you are worried:
I have a concern, what do I do?
It’s really important that if you feel threatened you speak to someone. This could be your parents, your teachers or your friends – mostly importantly, someone you trust.
You might want to ask a staff member to sit with you in a quiet area of the school so you can tell them in private. Staff members will not ask you questions, but will listen to what you want to say. It’s important not to be scared to speak to someone.
Misusing the internet
You have important rules to follow when using the internet. If you don’t follow these, there can be serious consequences. If you do something illegal, it might even involve the police.
Our school has an Acceptable Use Agreement which tells you what is expected of you. Make sure you read this and understand what you have to do before you use the internet or any device.
‘Think before you click’
Sometimes, you can put yourself at risk of harm without even realising it -- always think before you click on any website.
Some websites might look trustworthy, but can have harmful links or attachments which can give your device a virus. These can also access your personal details and pass them on to other people.
Websites might also have harmful and nasty content on them which can be offensive. Make sure you only use websites which you know are safe.
Staying safe: top tips
Use the tips below to help you stay safe online and make sure you’re using the internet correctly: