Stay Safe Online

If you are feeling worried or uncomfortable about something that's happened on a phone or online, you should tell an adult at home about it.

Why is it important to stay safe online?

The potential for the internet to be a valuable and fun resource for entertainment, making friends and learning is huge, but if you use the internet, you could be at risk - be it bullying, fraud or something more serious. 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.

This is a wonderful resource for keeping safe online. Parent Info

Be S.M.A.R.T

  • Don't give out personal information such as your address or phone number.

  • 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 who you've met online.

  • If anything you see or read online worries you, tell someone about it.

Tips so you stay safe on social networking sites

  • Make sure you're old enough to join.

  • Maybe use a made up name or nickname on your profile.

  • Never give out personal information.

  • Do not make friends you don't already know personally.

  • Maybe use an email address that does not include your name.

  • Always use a ‘strong’ password. That is, don't use any names or words that someone might guess, like the name of your dog or your favourite singer. Use random letters or numbers and change your password regularly.

  • Use the strongest privacy setting when you set up your profile. This means that only your friends will be able to view your information.

  • Pictures and videos can be shared very easily across the internet, so make sure you are very careful when uploading - even if you only share it with friends, it can easily be spread much further than that.

  • Be very careful about sharing content online - especially if it isn't yours to share. Illegal downloads are definitely best avoided.

  • Never meet up with anyone you have met online.

  • Make sure you know about the safety features on any networking site. Some, for example, have a ‘panic button’ which you can press if you see something that shouldn't be there.

  • If anything happens online that you don't like, tell someone.

Online Risks


The internet offers you a lot of freedom and this can lead some people to behave in ways they would not behave in public.

They might:

  • say things in a chat room they would never say face to face

  • give out personal information about themselves or others that they would normally keep private

Cyber bullying

Cyber bullying can work in the same way as bullying in the playground; the victim feels frightened and alone, while the bully tries to hide from being caught.

  • Comments, images and videos about a person can be posted online causing the victim to feel frightened and upset.

  • It is even possible for cyber bullies to hack into the victim's personal accounts and harass them from within their own user profile.

  • Often cyber bullies feel braver because they can't be seen, but it can be the most traceable form of bullying because there's evidence that it's happened.

  • But because bullies think they can cover up their identity online sometimes people who wouldn't normally bully might do so online.

Identity Theft

The more information you make available online, the greater the risk of identity theft. It can be very tempting to post information about yourself on social networking sites, but you should never do it.

Personal information includes your:

  • email address

  • phone number

  • postal address

  • any banking information

E-mails, Spam & Viruses

If you have an e-mail address, at some point you might receive a message from someone you don't know. They could be:

  • selling something (this is called a ‘spam’ email)

  • sending you a virus

  • sending you an attachment

  • sending abusive or explicit content

The golden rule is, if the email is from someone you don't know, delete it.

  • If it is spam, you might get ripped off.

  • If it is a virus, your computer might get damaged.

  • If it is an attachment, it might contain a virus, or it might be something you don't want to see.

  • If it is abusive or explicit, it might upset you or even get you into trouble.

Remember, if in doubt, tell/ask an adult!

Resources for parents

Resources for pupils

Further information

Learning Disabilities Autism and Internet Safety Parent Guide.pdf
Top Tips from CEOP.pdf
Parental controls - what they are and how to use them..pdf