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Online Safety

Here is information about keeping safe when using your computer, mobile phone or other internet connection.


  1. DO NOT give out personal details online e.g. your real name, your address, your telephone numbers or your email address when chatting, posting or messaging online.
  2. DO always keep your usernames and passwords secret.
  3. DO NOT meet up with people you only know online unless you have your parents/carers permission and they can go with you.
  4. DO NOT accept emails, messages, or open files, images or texts from people you don’t know or trust as they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
  5. Can you trust them or it? People online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information by looking at other websites, in books, or with someone who knows. If you like chatting online it’s best to only chat to your real world friends and family.
  6. DO tell a parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone, or something, makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.




What is Cyberbullying? The use of technology to bully someone.


  • mobiles
  • social networking sites
  • gaming
  • forums
  • email
  • text

It can be difficult to know the difference between friendly banter and cyber bullying.

We need to do ‘thoughtful messaging’ - when we send a message as it can be misunderstood otherwise.

There can be legal implications too as the legal age of responsibility is 10.  Therefore we need to THINK about the photos we post and the messages we send!


  • It invades peoples’ personal space.
  • It can spread to a large number of people quickly who are often unknown.
  • Its easier for a cyberbully to stay anonymous in the online world or pretend to be someone else.
  • Bullying can happen to anyone.
  • You can end up involved without meaning to be.
  • Does not feel real as it’s not face to face, but it is!
  • Apps such as Snapchat are often used for cyberbullying
Know the Facts Quiz

Test yourself. Check all the facts below you that you already knew:

  • To have a Facebook, Youtube or Google account you need to be 13 years old.
  • Social networking sites flash up adverts depending on what you say on them.
  • Adults sometimes use websites like Club Penguin to make up profiles so they can talk to children.
  • Twitter has removed its age limit but is very public so use with care!
  • Twitter is often used positively by schools to celebrate achievement.
  • Instagram’s private 1st page is actually public!
  •  ‘Whisper’ is used by people to share their thoughts and feelings anonymously - but it is phone based so is not safe to use.
  • 12% of 8-11 year olds’ friends are not in the real world, only online and 15% of 12-15 year olds’ friends are not in the real world, only online.
  • 27% of children talk about private things online rather than in person.

How many did you know?

If you scored 0 - 3   You need to learn more about staying safe on line!
If you scored 4 - 6   You are getting there!
If you scored 7 - 9   You are becoming an E-safety expert!

What is Your Digital Footprint Looking Like?

A digital footprint is the trail of information you leave on the internet.

Did you know...?

You can be easily identified or traced on the internet from the quizzes and other things you do on the internet and through those your friends do too


Once your information is online you cannot get it back!

What is social networking?

Social networking is using internet sites to communicate or meet with other people online.

Using social network sites can be fun but can also be dangerous!

Support and Report

  • Always tell a trusted adult at school or a parent or carer at home if you have a problem online.
  • Visit to report online issues.
  • Go to to find out more about being safe online. Check out the Cybercafe.
  • If you would like to talk to someone in confidence call Childline on 0800 1111.