Look Who’s Talking

Key Fact

What can I do to stay safe on the Internet?

Don’t give out personal details to anyone online.

PC Stewart’s Advice

PC Stewart’s Advice

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Be SMART on the Internet!

Be SMART on the Internet!

Safe

Keep safe by never giving out or posting personal information about yourself or your password.

Meeting

Online friends can be dangerous. You don’t know if a person is safe to meet if you don’t know them in real life. NEVER go alone.

Accepting

Accepting any emails or files from an unknown source can lead to problems. They may contain a virus or offensive material. Always delete immediately.

Reliable

Make sure you have set your privacy settings to include only your real friends as someone online might lie about who they are. Information on the internet may not be true, always check it.

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.

Top Tips

Remember

  • Don’t do anything online that you would not want your parents / carers to see or know about.
  • To keep yourself safe from being hacked use a ‘strong’ password, one which is hard to guess. Include capital letters, numbers, and symbols. Use different passwords for different profiles and accounts. (You could use the same word with different numbers at the end.) Don’t write your password down or save it in your mobile phone.
  • If you use someone else’s computer make sure you log out of all your profiles before you leave.
  • Some people may set up fake websites to try and get others to put their personal details on it. This is called phishing. Don’t give your details unless there is a padlock symbol.
  • www.GetSafeOnline.org will provide you with further tips on how to stay safe.

Things to Make You Think!

PC Jones says:

The Internet is a fantastic tool for finding any information you need.

  • Downloading some files can be illegal.
  • Many illegal file sharing sites carry computer viruses.
  • If you think the content of any messages might be illegal, like racist hate sites or pictures of children being abused you can report it to CEOP by clicking the "Report Abuse" button. CEOP is the Government agency which is devoted to protecting children online.
  • If you post or send inappropriate photos of your friends or other people online you could be facing a criminal charge. If found guilty this would result in your name being added to the Sex Offenders’ Register.

Please be careful when you’re surfing;
"Internet sharks are always lurking"!

If you feel unsafe and need help when using the internet, report it to

ceop.police.uk/safety-centre

Introduction

Your school police officer will help you understand how to use the internet safely.

Question and Answer

Question: Where is the best place to keep my computer?
Answer: Keep it in a shared family room such as a lounge so that a responsible adult can help to make sure you are safe.
Question: An online friend has recently made me feel uncomfortable by making inappropriate suggestions. What should I do?
Answer: Start by saving the conversation, blocking them and then click the "CEOP report abuse" button. You should also tell a responsible adult. This will make it stop.
Question: What can I do if I get nasty messages?
Answer: This is called cyberbullying and is wrong. It is not your fault. You must tell a trusted adult. Keep a record of all the messages you have received as evidence.
Question: How can I avoid getting viruses online?
Answer:
  • Do not open emails from an unknown source.
  • Avoid file sharing sites.
  • Do not click on pop-ups.
  • Only open music, picture or video files from people you trust.
  • Make sure you keep your anti-virus up to date.
Question: How do I stop someone sending me instant messages?
Answer: If you want to stop someone from sending you instant messages you can either block or delete their addresses. Usually, you do this by right clicking on their messenger icon and selecting 'delete' or 'block'. Either way they will not be able to message you anymore.
Question: What can I do if my Internet account is hacked?
Answer: Change your password straight away, or delete your account and start a new one. You can also email the website and ask them to shut your account. Tell your family and friends what’s happened so they know it was not you sending messages.

If you feel unsafe and need help when using the internet, report it to

ceop.police.uk/safety-centre

For advice on staying safe online, visit

thinkuknow.co.uk

MEIC is the helpline service for children and young people up to the age of 25 in Wales.

0808 80 23456

Calls are free from most landlines.

Calls from mobiles may be charged depending on your network.

meiccymru.org

If you need help, phone ChildLine on

0800 1111

Calls are free from most mobiles and landlines.

Your call will not show up on the bill.