Sites like Facebook are great fun but it’s important to remember that not everyone using social networks can be classed as a true friend. There are some people who will lie about who they are, how old they are and may even try to trick you into doing something you may not want to. There are also some nasty people who will use your information to intimidate or threaten you.
To stay safe online simply follow these simple tips:
- Change your privacy settings so that you know exactly who can see what you have put on your profile
- Don’t share any of your personal information with strangers. That includes your mobile number, email address, where you live and which school you go to
- Keep your photos ‘family friendly’. If you have pictures on your profile that you wouldn’t want your parents to see or photos that you would be embarrassed to show anyone, it might be worth taking them off. Remember that pictures can be saved by anyone and may come back to haunt you
- Never meet up with someone in the real world who you met online without an adult you trust. They may not be who they say they are.
- Even people who think they are anonymous can be found by the police if needed
- Not everyone tells the truth so don’t believe everything people tell you online
To report any concerns look for the CEOP ‘Report It’ button and click on it. Most sites now have this. If in doubt talk to your parents or carers, Personal Adviser, Youth Workers or another trusted adult.
For more information and advice visit the websites listed on the right hand side of this page.