“Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you”

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people and inspire a national conversation.  We have compiled some advice to help keep children and young people safe online:

Be careful what you share online ❗️

  • Check and update your privacy settings regularly
  • When choosing a profile picture for a social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter avoid photos that could give strangers clues about where you live.
  • Check your location settings – some sites and apps like Snapchat let you share your location with other users
  • Be mindful of what should be shared in public and what shouldn’t

Think before you post ❗️

Once you press send your post is no longer private and you can’t be sure who will end up seeing it. Do not upload or share anything you wouldn’t want your parents, teachers or friends seeing.

Never share or reveal your passwords ❗️

Use strong passwords that are hard for others to guess, using a mix of letters and numbers. Keep passwords to yourself and change them regularly.

Be careful who you chat to ❗️

Do not share personal information like your address or phone number with somebody you don’t know. If somebody you don’t know adds you as a friend, ignore them and delete their request.  Learn about the signs that someone is trying to groom you online so that you can stay safe; Forewarned is forearmed!

For more information on Internet safety please follow the links below:

Please see our previous blog on how to stay vigilant again Internet Phishing.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/findoutmore/help-me-out-staying-safe-online

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

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