Using the internet
- Don't give out your details online: this includes your username, email, telephone number, pictures, where you live etc.;
- Think twice about what you post: anything you give out usually stays on the internet for a long time and can't be deleted;
- Keep your anti-virus software up to date: nag your family to follow manufacturer's guidance for keeping it up to date;
- Make sure you keep your settings to private: especially on socila networks such as Facebook and Snapchat;
- Don't do and say things that you wouldn't in real life: people can easily lie and pretend to be someone they are not;
- Don't meet up with strangers: it is never appropriate to meet anyone in real life that you know through social networks without your family's involvement.
Emails / messages
- Don't open emails or messages from people you don't know;
- If something is too good to be true, it usually is and therefore best ignored;
- Spam or junk mail usually contain tricks and lies and designed to simply take you to untrustworthy websites;
- Don't open attachements in emails from people you don't know. They could contain viruses that could destroy your hard drive or install software that watches everything you do (spyware) including your passwords.
- Spyware watches for usernames, passwords, bank login details and more. The attachements could be images or movies for adults, not usually a good thing.
- The Think U Know website is fantastic and has loads more information about e-safety.
- If something happens that you don't like or makes you feel uncomfortable - tell someone - it's never too late.
- There are people who can help. You can speak to your parents, teacher / tutor or make an official report to the police via CEOP about sexual abuse
Online safety information for parents