The Internet is useful, simple to access and inspires children to be creative, communicate and learn.
However, while the Internet is a great resource, it is important that children and young people are protected from the risks they may encounter.
Whenever you are online
- never give out personal details, photographs, or information that could be used to identify you, your family, or where you live
- remember everyone you meet online is a stranger, even if they act like a friend
- never arrange to meet someone you've only met online, without giving the details to a friend
- don't open an attachment or download a file unless you know and trust the person who has sent it
- never respond directly to anything you find disturbing when using the Internet or email - log off and report it
Where to get advice
The websites below can help you stay safe online.
- NSPCC - keeping children safe - Staying safe online and on mobile
- UK Safer Internet Centre - Advice and resources for staying safe online and making the most of opportunities that the internet provides
Think U Know - Online safety information for children aged 5 and above
CEOP Safety Centre - the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre, helps young people who've been approached online about sex or are suffering sexual abuse.
CEOP Report - If someone is making you feel uncomfortable about sex you should report to CEOP
Get Safe Online - Free advice and information to help you protect yourself against internet threats
NSPCC - Guide to the social networks - Stay up to date and keep your child safe in today's digital world with your guide to the social networks your kids use.