- Set your privacy settings so only people you know can talk to you and see your profile on social networking sites (Facebook, Ask.fm, Twitter, Instagram, etc).
- Enjoy chatting to new people but be aware that some people don’t tell the truth about who they are.
- Use a nickname when playing online games against people you don’t know.
- Keep your personal information, like your full name, address, age, school, etc., when talking to people you don’t know in person.
- Tell an adult if someone says something or does something that makes you feel uncomfortable.
- Don’t meet up with anyone you don’t know who you have met online.
- Don’t share photos or videos that could upset someone, or post nasty things about others online. This is called cyberbullying. If anyone does this to you, tell an adult straight away.
- Don’t spend too much time on the internet or your phone. Make sure you take a break as often as you can, or at least every 45mins.
- Don’t feel pressured to send pictures or videos of yourself that make you feel uncomfortable.
- Don’t hesitate to tell someone if you’ve seen something that you wish you hadn’t. There are lots of websites that contain pictures or content that can be disturbing.
If someone says something to you that makes you feel uncomfortable, sends you rude pictures of themselves or asks you to do the same, or threatens you—report it to the police at ceop.police.uk
You must be 13 or over to open a Facebook account!
Protect yourself – www.getsafeonline.org
Educate yourself – www.thinkuknow.co.uk
Get advice – www.cybermentors.org.uk
Talk to someone – Childline 0800 1111
Report it – www.ceop.police.uk