We know that lots of children are using social media and gaming platforms to keep in touch with their friends at the moment. They’re a great way to catch up during the lockdown, but they can have their pitfalls too, and with so many people using the internet, online safety has never been more important. The following guides are available free of charge on the National Online Safety website, and explain clearly and simply how you and the members of your household can safely use these platforms to communicate with others.
Click on each link to read the relevant advice for parents.
- Don’t post any personal information online, like your address, email address or mobile number.
- Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself. Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it – it’s not just yours anymore.
- Keep your privacy settings as high as possible.
- Never give out your passwords.
- Don’t befriend people you don’t know.
- Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online. Talk to your parent or carer if someone suggests it.
- Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are.
- Think carefully about what you say before you post something online.
- Respect other people’s views – even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude.
- If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately.