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How to stay safe online

The internet is great fun but it does have dangers and we want you to be safe online. When you join a chatroom you'll find people are very friendly but the person you are talking to might not always be who they say they are.  

People can pretend to be your age and unfortunately there have been cases where adults have pretended to be teenagers and lured young people into meeting them in dangerous situations. Some of these cases have ended up in court in the UK.

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Bullying UK has had experience of young people using the internet who have been persuaded into dangerous situations by adults. This is an offence called 'grooming'.

Internet safety tips:

  • Never give out your real name
  • Never tell anyone where you go to school
  • Only meet someone from a chatroom in a public place with one of your parents or another adult. If they are genuinely who they say they are they will be happy to do this
  • Never give out your address or telephone number
  • Never agree to meet anyone from a chatroom on your own
  • Tell an adult if someone makes inappropriate suggestions to you or makes you feel uncomfortable online

Danger signs

  • If the person tries to insist on having your address or phone number
  • If the person emails you pictures which make you feel uncomfortable and which you would not want to show to anyone else
  • If the person wants to keep their chats with you secret
  • If the person tells you that you will get into trouble if you tell an adult what has been going on
  • If the person emails you pictures which make you feel uncomfortable and which you would not want to show to anyone else
  • If the person wants you to email them pictures of yourself or use a webcam in a way which makes you feel uncomfortable
  • If the person shares information with you and tells you not to tell anyone else about it
  • If the person wants to meet you and tells you not to let anyone know
  • If you find any of these danger signs it's important that you tell your parents or another adult.

http://www.bullying.co.uk/cyberbullying/how-to-stay-safe-online/

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Children can access the internet in many ways in school and at home including via mobile phones, gaming devices, tablets and Smart TVs.  Here are some useful website links that can help to keep children safe online.

 

 

CEOP - ONLINE PROTECTION CENTRE

 

Click on link above to report abuse to CEOP

CEOP works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. CEOP protect children from harm online and offline, directly through National Crime Agency led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies.

 

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