- Remember everyone you meet online is a stranger even if they might seem like a friend.
- Always use a nickname when you log on and never give out any personal details that would allow someone you meet on line to contact you.
This means full name, home or school address, telephone or mobile number or personal email. It also includes not saying your favourite places to eat or play sport.
- Never arrange to meet alone someone you make friends with online. They may not be who they say they are. If you are going anyway take an adult you trust and meet in a public place.
- Try to have your own online conversations in public. People are less likely to hassle you if other people can see you doing it.
- Accepting emails or opening files from people you don’t really know can get you into trouble – they may contain viruses, nasty messages or annoying links to stuff you don’t want to see.
- Talk to an adult eg Tutor, Student Support Officer, or anyone you know well, and ask for help if you’re worried or upset about anything you’ve seen or been sent online.
- You can also directly report any unsuitable material or behaviour to the child exploitation online protection service (CEOPS) or the internet watch foundation.
What you and your parents need to know about Snapchat…. Follow the LINK HERE
What you and your parents need to know about Doki Doki: Literature Club….. follow the LINK HERE
WhatsApp has an age rating of 16+ but as there is no age verification it would be easy for a child with a phone to sign up for an account without permission.
Net Aware brings together the NSPCC’s expertise in protecting children and O2’s tech know-how, we’ve got everything you need to help you keep your kids safe online. Whether you’re an online expert or you’re unsure of where to start, we’re here to help.