Stay Safe Online

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.

Conduct

Children may be at risk because of their own behaviour, for example, by sharing too much information.

Useful Resources

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

Childnet

Childnet

Childnet is a UK-based charity set up to empower children, families and schools in the digital age. With the aim of making the internet a great and safe place for children, Childnet delivers internet safety workshops in schools across the UK to children aged 3-18, their parents, carers and teachers and also produces free educational resources for these audiences.

Uk – Safer Internet Centre

Uk – Safer Internet Centre

Online centre where you can find e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet. The UK Safer Internet Centre also provides a Helpline for professionals working with children and young people in the UK with any online safety issues they may face themselves or with children in their care. A signposting, advice, and mediation service, the POSH Helpline provides support with all aspects of digital and online issues for professionals.

Get Safe Online

Get Safe Online

Get Safe Online is the UK’s premier source of information and advice for the public and small businesses on keeping safe and secure online. A joint initiative between the Government, National Crime Agency and other law enforcement agencies, and private sector organisations from the worlds of technology, communication, retail and finance, Get Safe Online offers free, impartial, easy-to-follow advice via its website, media and outreach activities and network of partners.