Stay Safe Online
Stay Safe Online

The Internet is a really great tool to find new information, play games, listen to music, chat with friends and to help with homework, and is used by millions of people all over the world. The Internet is a collection of billions of websites, created by all sorts of people. Lots of websites and information online is fun and useful, but sometimes the Internet can be dangerous or harmful for children and young people.

Seeing Upsetting Things Online

The computers at school or at your local library or youth centre have special programmes installed to stop children from seeing certain websites which are too grown up or may be upsetting for young people. But home computers and mobile phones often don’t have the same programmes to block nasty pictures or words. It is important to tell someone at home or school if you see something online that makes you feel worried or upset.

Chatting Online

Sometimes people are not who they say they are online. We have no way of telling if a person really looks like the photograph they share or if they are the same in real life as they sound online. It is important to always be careful about who we talk to over the Internet and the kind of websites we visit. Never agree to meet someone in real life that you’ve met online unless you tell someone at home and they can go with you.

Keeping Information Private

You would never walk through your local town centre with a big sign telling everyone where you live, how old you are, when your birthday is or what school you go to! But when we put that information online we are basically doing the same thing. Remember, the Internet is just a connection of billions of people all around the world. Sharing your private information on your Facebook or Twitter page, or in a chat room or on a website means you might be putting yourself in danger. Talk to your mum, dad or someone at home about keeping yourself safe online and what information you can share, and keep private.