Social Media platforms, like Twitter and Facebook, are a great way to connect with friends and family, share your thoughts and ideas and connect with like-minded people. The Internet and Social Media are also used by Extremists and Terrorist to promote their ideology and recruit or radicalise people. Take a look through our hints and tips to make sure you & your family stay safe online.
Don’t give out personal information
Don’t give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.
Know who you're talking to
Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
Only open messages from sources you trust
Accepting emails, messages, or opening ﬁles, images or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or unpleasant messages!
Not everything online is true
4. Someone 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.
Speak to someone if you feel uncomfortable.
5. 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 potentially being radicalised online.
Protect your online reputation
Use the tools provided by online services to manage your digital footprints and ‘think before you post.’ Content posted online can last forever and could be shared publicly by anyone.
Know where to find help
Understand how to report to service providers and use blocking and deleting tools. If something happens that upsets you online, it’s never too late to tell someone.
Don’t give in to pressure
Don’t be pressured into doing something you know is wrong. If it’s something you wouldn’t tell your friends and family about, it’s probably not something you should be doing!
Protect children and the vulnerable
Children and vulnerable adults can be contacted by bullies and people who want to groom/radicalise or seek to abuse them.
check that content is appropriate
Age-inappropriate or unreliable content can be available to children.
Keep it safe
Use safety tools on social networks and other online services, eg Facebook privacy settings.
Children may be at risk because of their own behaviour, for example, by sharing too much information.
For more advice and guidance on protecting yourself and your family whilst using Social Media and the Internet please visit the websites below. If you see Extremist or Terrorist content online please report it via https://www.gov.uk/report-terrorism