Always be careful when you are using the internet. It can help you to keep in touch with your friends and help your education – but it can also cause harm – to you and to others.
Remember help is always available at school if you are having any problems online.
Don’t be afraid to talk to your teacher or another adult at school.
If you or anyone you know is worried about Child Exploitation, Online Protection or anything related to Internet safety please click the link below which will take you to the CEOP reporting website:
Many games are meant to be played by teenagers or even adults. The age ratings are there to keep you safe from swearing, violence or scary stuff.
Some games let you chat to people you don't know and let strangers ask to be your friend. Be careful when you talk to or make friends with people you don’t know. Do not tell them any private information about yourself such as your school or where you live. Some people will pretend to be nice to make friends and they might not be who they say they are. NEVER arrange to meet anyone you met on the internet.
Ask your mum or dad before you sign up to a new game. They can make sure the game is okay to play and that you sign up safely. It is best to use a nickname when you sign up.
Remember it is just a game! Games should be fun but it is easy to get carried away. Don't be mean to anyone if they are not as good as you and try not to worry if you are getting stuck.
Some games are designed to make you spend real money to help you in the game. It is easy to accidentally spend lots of money. Ask your mum and dad to help you turn off in-app purchases.
If you use a mobile phone it is a good idea to turn on the security settings to help keep your personal information safe.
Cyber bullying is when people use technology to send nasty and upsetting messages to others with the intention of hurting their feelings. Cyber bullying is particularly upsetting because the bully can get in touch with you even when you are at home.
Bullies want you to feel bad or ashamed but bullying is never your fault and it can be stopped.
Sometimes, when you are searching the internet, you might get something you don’t want to see. Here are some tips to help you find what you are looking for.
Get someone to help you turn on Safe Search in Google or whichever search engine you are using. This is very important when you are searching for images. Your parents might also be able to use a filter on your internet connection.
Be careful what you search for and try to type in exactly what you want. Use more than one word to describe what you are looking for and type 'for kids' or 'for KS2' as part of your search. Also, be careful with your spelling. If you spell a word wrong you might get something you didn’t want.
Remember that not everything you read is true. Some websites do not have accurate information and others are made to deliberately trick you. Use websites you have heard of such as the BBC and check facts with more than one website.
If you do see something that upsets you turn off the screen or close the laptop lid and tell an adult straight away.
If you want to speak to someone at school about a problem you can speak to Miss Brack, Mr Danson, Miss Sandon or any other member of staff you like.
If you feel you can't talk to an adult you know you can call Childline on 0800 1111 or live chat to a counsellor at www.childline.org.uk/get-support/
You can report online abuse and inappropriate communication to CEOP at www.ceop.police.uk/ceop-reporting/
The websites below give you all the information you need to stay safe online. They cover a range of topics including cyber bullying, social networking, games, chat and more. Some sites let you report something that upsets or frightens you online.
The Think U Know website has lots of information about keeping you safe on the internet and tells you who to talk to if you are worried about something online.
It has sections for:
The Digizen website provides information for young people, carers, parents and schools to help them become better digital citizens. It has particular information on cyber bullying and social networking.
The UK Safer Internet Centre has tips and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.
Childnet International helps make the internet a great and safe place for children.