Using the internet can be fun. We all use it for lots of different reasons. It will be an important part of your learning as you move through primary and high school. You need to be able to look after yourself and remain safe.
- Safe: Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.
- Meet: Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
- Accepting: Accepting emails, messages, or opening ﬁles, images or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages.
- Reliable: Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information by looking at other websites, in books, or with someone who knows. If you like chatting online it’s best to only chat to your real world friends and family.
- Tell: Tell a parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone, or something, makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.
You can use the following to report anything online that you don't think is safe or if you think you are being bullied online:
Remeber that in school we have rules depedning on how old you are. You have to go through these rules with your teacher every year and sign to say that you agree with them. They are very straight forward and agree to use the inernet in a safe way and not to bully anyone online. If you want to read them you can download them (Acceptable Use Policy).
How safe are you online? Try this quiz:
Some websites you might like to look at: