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Be Safe and Smart Online

Information for children and young people

The internet offers so many opportunities to explore, play, learn, create, chat and socialise.

There are lots of sites where you can talk to other people on the web; Chat rooms, IM (instant messenger), Social Networks (like Facebook or Twitter), there are even games where you can chat as you play – like Minecraft, Club Penguin as well as on the Playstation and Xbox Live. It’s great to be able to chat to your friends online and as you play  but it’s important to keep safe and secure so you can make the most of it.

Sometimes people can pretend to be someone they’re not online. If you have been contacted online by someone that is asking you about things you are uncomfortable with make sure that you tell someone you trust (parents, carers, teachers)  You can also report directly to the police via the CEOP link see below.

A group of young people from across Europe came together in the summer to look at key issues that affect young people today.  One of the top issues was e-safety and the group made this video to share their concerns and to raise awareness.

Some Top Tips

  • Treat your online space with respect – only allow your real life friends to link to you…if you haven’t met them in real life don’t be friends with them online
  • Think before you post anything online or via a message because once it’s on the internet it no longer under your control
  • Always use a nickname online (never your real name) and a nickname that is not going to attract the wrong type of attention! Your real friends will know what your nickname is
  • ALWAYS have a good look at the privacy settings of any spaces you post personal information on and make sure you know who can see or copy your stuff!
  • Meeting up with an online friend can be dangerous – if you really have to meet up with them always speak to an adult and make sure that they go with you
  • Look out for your friends online and do something if you think they are at risk

ThinkUknow have lots of tips and the latest information (as well as some games and videos) on sites you visit, mobile phones and new techie stuff. Check out these pages to find out what’s good, what’s not, how to stay safe online and what you can do about the bad bits.

The Anti-bullying Alliance have put together some new guidance for you on Cyberbullying.

Some other documents that you can download are the The SMART rules and a Facebook checklist.

There’s also a fun quiz where you can test your knowledge about being online – How SMART are you? (If you’re not sure of all the answers go back and find them on the KidSMART website).

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)

To report anything concerning which may have happened while you or your friend were surfing online, or for more information about the CEOP button, please click on this CEOP link.