Why is it important to stay safe online?
Most of us are ‘connected’ via our laptops, mobile phones, tablets or personal computer. The potential for the internet to be a valuable and a fun resource for entertainment, making friends, keeping in touch and learning is huge but if you use the internet, you could be at risk of illegal activity or abuse - be it bullying, fraud or something else.
Unlike seeing someone face- to-face on the net, people aren't always what they first seem.
In the same way you learn about safety when you leave the house, it is important to learn how to stay safe online. These are skills that will stay with you for life.
Resources from the UK Safer Internet Centre:
Some Golden Rules
Don't give out personal information such as your address or phone number.
Don’t send pictures of yourself to anyone, especially indecent pictures.
Don't open emails or attachments from people you don't know.
Don't become online ‘friends’ with people you don't know.
Never arrange to meet someone in person whom you've met online.
If anything you see or read online worries you, tell someone about it.
Resources from other Organisations: