eSafety Information for Children and Young People
You can find out more about staying in control on the internet by visiting the Think U Know website.
Tips to stay safe on line:
- Don’t share personal information like your home address, phone number or email address online, or even the name of your school.
- Only talk to real life friends or family when on sites with a social media element.
- There’s a chance that you may meet people online who aren’t who they say they are. Grooming is a word used to describe people who make friends with children in order to take advantage of them.
- Be a good online friend and don't say nasty things, even if it’s just a joke.
- Use secure and legal sites to download music and games and check with your parents / carers before downloading any programs to avoid viruses.
- Think before you post. Once you’ve pressed send you can’t take it back. Content posted online can last forever and could be shared publicly by anyone, anywhere in the world. This includes pictures that you email or text. See the separate page on sexting.
- Know where to find help: understand how to report to service providers and use blocking and deleting tools. If something happens that upsets you online, tell someone you trust.
- Don’t give in to pressure - if someone is pressurising you into doing something that you don't want, tell someone you trust.