E-Safety Top Tips
- Don’t publish your name;
- Never tell a stranger your name;
- Keep your address a secret;
- Don’t say where you go to school;
- Only give your phone numbers to people you know;
- Don’t tell anyone anything that you don’t want the world to know.
- Passwords are like secrets. Do not share them with anyone but your parents;
- Always check the privacy settings when creating a profile on networking sites like myspace, bebo, twitter or facebook. Check them regularly because they change!
- Get an adult to help you with your privacy settings.
- Anything you post you have published to the whole world. Think!
- Before posting or forwarding images, reflect upon the feelings of the person or people in the photo;
- Avoid image sharing mobile apps which can distribute images to the wrong people, very quickly;
- If anyone asks you to pose say NO.
Friends and Followers
- Not everyone is who they say;
- Don’t add anyone and everyone. Be sure that you know who the person is;
- Real friends are those who’ve shown they care about you. Trust and respect are essential ingredients of friendship.
- Never arrange to meet a stranger. Tell someone if anyone asks to meet up;
- Some Web-users have very bad intentions and will use any trick to get you to meet with them.
- If, when chatting, you feel uneasy or even threatened, sign off!
- Tell your parents or teacher about any worrying experiences, not just your friends;
- Block anyone who is upsetting you;
- Never post a comment that you would be embarrassed or ashamed for a parent or teacher to read, or that would be upsetting to others.
Parents and teachers know what to do and will act on your behalf. Friends care about you but you must report your concerns to an adult;
- Do not discuss problems with someone you’ve just met online, or on chat rooms;
- Look out for each other!
Don’t believe everything you read
- Don’t fall for it – things aren’t always what they seem!
- Everyone exaggerates – you probably do it as well!
- Some people might tell lies just to get to you.
If ANYONE you meet online is making you, or a friend, feel uncomfortable and pressurising you to do things you don’t want to, such as on a webcam or asking for pictures, REPORT IT! You can also make a report to CEOP here or anywhere you see the ‘ClickCEOP Button’.
Talk to ChildLine – ChildLine is a free, confidential 24/7 helpline for children and young people. Whatever your worry they’ll provide practical advice and support. You can contact them at www.childline.org.uk or phone them for free on 0800 11 11.