Follow these rules to stay safe online.
It all started when… Never give out personal details to online friends you do not know offline. Personal details include your e-mail address, mobile phone number, school name, any clubs you go to, arrangements for meeting up with friends and any pictures or videos of yourself, family or friends. Small pieces of information can easily be pieced together to form a comprehensive insight in to your life and daily activities.
Think carefully about the information and pictures you post on your profile; once published online, anyone can change or share these images of you. Do not to post any pictures, videos or information on your profile, or in chat rooms, that you would not want a parent or carer to see.
If you receive spam or junk e-mail and texts, never believe their contents, reply to them or use them.
Do not open files that are from people you don't know. They could contain a virus or an inappropriate image or film.
Some people lie online and that therefore it's better to keep online mates online.
Never meet up with any strangers without being in the company of an adult you trust.
Always tell someone (your parent/carer/teacher etc.) about something which makes you feel uncomfortable.
Useful links for more information:
Sites to visit for advice/help: www.thinkuknow.co.uk: the main UK Government website with advice for on how to keep safe online
www.ceop.police.uk: the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre [(CEOP) is the Government body dedicated to eradicating abuse of children. Concerns about inappropriate contacts between a child and an adult, including online, can be reported directly to CEOP. There is usually an option available to "report abuse to CEOPS ", on most social networking sites, like Facebook - simply click the "button".
www.iwf.org.uk: the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) works to remove illegal material from the internet. If you have found any material you believe to be illegal e.g. child sex abuse images or other obscene material, you can report it to the IWF.
www.childline.org.uk/ Childline is a service provided by the NSPCC, operated by trained volunteer counsellors. It is the UK's free, 24-hour helpline if you are distressed or in danger. you can call the free helpline for support: 0800 11 11.
www.there4me.com is another support service provided by the NSPCC. Using this website, you can talk confidentially to NSPCC advisors online about [any issues or problems you may be experiencing, using an application similar to Instant Messenger (IM).