Be Safe on the Net!
Surfing the Net can be great fun, but here are some easy rules to remember that will keep you safe while you surf.
- Keep your Internet passwords private and change them often.
- Don't give your email address to anyone you do not know.
- Don't give out any of your personal information on the Net e.g. your full name, address details, phone number or school name.
- Delete any e-mail and attachments from people you do not know.
- If you enter a site or receive information that makes you feel uncomfortable, please tell the person who looks after you or a member of library staff.
- Never agree to meet someone that you have met on the Internet. If someone suggests that you meet up, tell the person who looks after you or a member of library staff.
- Don't believe everything you read! If you have any questions about anything you have seen on the web, ask the person who looks after you or a member of library staff.
- Look after yourself! Make sure that you don't spend too long looking at the computer screen without a proper break.
There are many great web sites offering advice and information on Internet Safety for children and their carers:
Think U Know is aimed at children aged 8 upwards and covers texting and online activities. It has been designed by the police Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre. www.thinkuknow.co.uk
Hector's World Safety Button can be downloaded for free from the Think U Know website. A Hector's world character will then swim at the top of the screen and if you are confused or frightened by anything you see online, you can click on the character to cover the screen while you get help. http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/5_7/hectorsworld/safetybutton.aspx
Kidsmart has sections for young people, parents/carers and teachers on internet safety. The young people's section includes games and a quiz. www.kidsmart.org.uk
Chatdanger has information on chatrooms, gaming, text-messaging and emailing. It includes real life experiences and advice on how to stay safe. www.chatdanger.com
Get Safe Online is a Government-backed internet security campaign. The website covers issues such as online fraud and viruses and there is also a section for parents and young people on staying safe online. www.getsafeonline.org
Worried or upset?
If something that has happened to you on the internet has upset you, you can call Childline's free 24-hour helpline on 0800 1111. Childline also provide an online advice service for 12-16 year olds: www.there4me.com
Some views on the safety of new technology
The Byron Review looked at how we can all make the internet and video games safer for children and young people. You can read a special version of the report written for young people. www.dfes.gov.uk/byronreview/yoursay
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Children's Internet Guide