If you are a child and you see something you don’t like on the internet, or if something makes you feel unsafe, then tell a trusted adult at home or at school. You can also click on the ‘CLICK CEOP’ button on our website to report your worries safely.
These are our top tips on how to keep safe while using the internet at home :
- Be the change - Play your part in making the internet a better place. Be positive, show respect and help people if they are upset.
- Be sensible - Always tell a trusted adult if you are ever worried or upset by something that happens online. They are always there for you to ask for help if you are unsure about anything you see online.
- Be careful - Keep your personal information safe and check with an adult before you share anything online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.
- Be aware - Make sure you know the rules about how to behave and stay safe on the sites, games and apps you use. Look out for buttons that let you block, mute and report other users who aren’t behaving.
- Be a detective - The internet is full of brilliant things to watch, explore and learn from but not everything or everyone online can be trusted. Think carefully by checking at least three different websites for your information and talking to someone about what you have seen to see if they agree.
- Be safe - Never agree to meet up offline with someone you only know online. No matter how friendly they might seem or how well you think you know them, they are still a stranger. Always tell a trusted adult if someone online asks to meet up.
Click the links to watch useful videos with hints and tips to keep safe on the internet, or to play games that help children learn about internet safety:
Top Tips for under 11s
For 5 – 7 year olds
For 8 – 10 year olds
This is another new resource from the BBC aimed at 9-12 year olds. The site, Own It, features video clips and content by presenters and vloggers talking about issues including cyberbullying, privacy and online safety. The site is called ‘Own it’, because it’s there to help children and young people take control and be the 'boss' of their online lives, and to assist them in developing "confidence and resilience" when dealing with online dangers.