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E-safety - How to stay safe online

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The Internet

Using the internet can be fun but it is important to stay safe when online as things can go wrong.  Something's that can happen include posting pictures that you wish you hadn't, sharing details about something private that you wish you had kept secret or someone bullying you online.  If you feel frightened or worried about anything whilst using the internet, for example on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace or in chat rooms, you should report it here as you have a right to be safe. 

ThinkUKnow 

The ThinkUKnow website has information on all the internet sites you like to visit, stuff about your mobile and  new technology.  There is a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online.

Chatdanger

This website is all about dangers on services like IM, online games, BBM email and mobiles

Kidsmart

This is an internet safety programme website for schools, young people, parents and agencies made by the children's internet charity Childnet International

 

CyberMentors

CyberMentors is all about young people helping and supporting each other online.  If you are being bullied or feeling a bit low and you are not sure about who to talk to then CyberMentors can help.  It doesn't matter how small the problem is CyberMentors will listen and support you. 

It's never easy talking about bullying, and many young people have saidthat they would prefer to speak to another young person if they could. That's why CyberMentors are young people like you, who have been trained and are volunteering their time online to help you. It's still important however, that you talk to your parents or teachers if you can.

If you want to talk about a problem you've got with bullying, just drop a CyberMentor a message, or ask to chat to them online.  The site is secure, and you can keep all your chats private, but there are also counsellors available for anything really serious.

For more information, click on one of the links below:

 

E-safety Links for parents

Websites from SWGfL

Cybersmart

Childnet

Resources from SWGfL

Other helpful documents:

How to set up parental controls at home

A parents guide to Snapchat and Instagram

A parents guide to Facebook

A parents guide to Technology