The internet is a great way to connect with your friends and learn new things - and can open up a whole world of exciting possibilities. But with the digital world changing all the time, it's also important to stay safe.
There are a few ways you can help make sure you're not in danger when you use the internet.
- Be careful what you share – don’t post any personal information, like your address, email address or phone number.
- Check your privacy settings regularly.
- Think before you post – once you’ve put a picture or video of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it.
- Never share or reveal your passwords.
- Be careful who you chat to – not everyone online is who they say they are.
- Avoid meeting up with people you’ve met online. Speak to you parent or carer about anyone who’s suggested you do.
- Speak to a trusted adult if you see something online that upsets or concerns you.
If you would like further advice on protecting your identity, how to stay safe and how to report upsetting or concerning activity – the following sites offer a wealth of information.
- NSPCC Share Aware
- Childline staying safe online
- Devon and Cornwall Police
- Internet Matters
You can also speak to someone confidentially via: