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Staying safe online

Get Safe Online has a lot of information about every aspect of being online from protecting yourself and your computer to shopping and banking online and using social networking.

To learn more about using computers and the internet safely, you can:

Young internet users 

As a general rule you should:

  • keep private information safe and never give out details like your full name, photos, postal or email addresses, school information, mobile or home telephone numbers or details of places you like to spend time. 
  • never arrange to meet people you have only met online. Even if you have been chatting with someone for a while, that person is still a stranger. 
  • delete any suspicious emails or attachments as they may contain something offensive or have a virus that can cause damage to your computer. 
  • never do anything on a webcam you wouldn’t want your family or friends to see.
  • chat to a trusted adult if you're worried or unhappy about anything you've seen online.

Here is a selection resources with useful tips on online safety:

It's never too late to tell someone if you've seen something online which made you feel unsafe or uncomfortable. If you don't want to talk to your parents or teachers, you can call Childline, who won't tell anyone what you have said unless you say they can or if someone is in danger. Call free on 0800 1111.

To report something you have seen directly, go to CEOP and use the 'CEOP' button in the top right hand corner. What you say will be taken seriously. Contacting CEOP is like contacting the police.

Parents and carers

There is plenty of good advice available from organisations like the NSPCC, Think You Know, the BBC and Childnet International about keeping your kids safe online.

The most important thing is to be aware of what your children might be doing online by learning about the dangers of the internet and the tools which are in place to help protect children from seeing unsuitable material. Children also need to feel that they can talk to you about anything which has made them feel uncomfortable online and know that they won't be in any trouble.

Children can also be victims of identity theft. Find out more in this article.