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Online safety

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The Internet is useful, simple to access and inspires children to be creative, communicate and learn.

However, while the Internet is a great resource, it is important that children and young people are protected from the risks they may encounter.

Whenever you are online

  • never give out personal details, photographs, or information that could be used to identify you, your family, or where you live
  • remember everyone you meet online is a stranger, even if they act like a friend
  • never arrange to meet someone you've only met online, without giving the details to a friend
  • don't open an attachment or download a file unless you know and trust the person who has sent it
  • never respond directly to anything you find disturbing when using the Internet or email - log off and report it

Where to get advice

The websites below can help you stay safe online.

  • NSPCC - keeping children safe - Staying safe online and on mobile
  • UK Safer Internet Centre - Advice and resources for staying safe online and making the most of opportunities that the internet provides
  • Think U Know - Online safety information for children aged 5 and above

  • CEOP Safety Centre - the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre, helps young people who've been approached online about sex or are suffering sexual abuse.

  • CEOP Report - If someone is making you feel uncomfortable about sex you should report to CEOP

  • Get Safe Online - Free advice and information to help you protect yourself against internet threats

  • Guide to the social networks - Stay up to date and keep your child safe in today's digital world with your guide to the social networks your kids use.

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