Young people today have never known a world without the internet. See the Cybersmart video for facts, figures and advice about staying safe online.
You can find a range of different resources to help you learn more about social networking and how to protect yourself online by selecting the links below.
- Safe social networking: what you need know when you’re online.
- Worried about your privacy? Find out how to manage your privacy settings.
- Has something happened to you online that makes you feel uncomfortable, scared or just plain down?
- Useful links.
Top ten online safety tips
- Keep personal information to a minimum – don’t use your full date of birth.
- Don’t put your mobile phone number on your profile.
- Keep identifying information about your private life, including your school, to a minimum.
- Keep your password private.
- Use a generic and non-identifying email address.
- Lock your profile and photo albums – don’t let people you don’t know have access to your photos.
- Think before posting photos.
- Always get the permission of others before putting their photos online.
- Check your profile regularly to check what others have posted or written on your profile.
- Report abuse, harassment, bullying or inappropriate content to the website and if necessary, your school or police.
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