Top tips for staying safe on the internet

The internet is a great hub for learning, keeping in touch with friends, and having fun, but dangers are lurking. We have some top tips to help you stay safe and to help you become a good internet-friendly user.

Being kind and respectful online

Actions online have the same effects as they do in real life. Many young people are affected by cyber-bullying and you can play your part by making sure your actions and words make others laugh and smile, without hurting someone’s feelings doing so.

Stay alert to possible dangers

Whether you are playing a video game, posting on your favourite social media, watching Youtube or TikTok, dangers are never far. To avoid these make sure you follow three simple rules:

  1. Don’t talk to strangers or give away any personal information on an open site or app
  2. Do not click on unexpected links – who knows where it will take you!
  3. Stick to age regulations – you may see something hurtful or inappropriate for your age.

Respect other people’s boundaries

No always means no. When you are online this is no different, never push anyone to do something that they don’t want to do, it could be scary or harmful for the other person. If you are being pressured into something online, consult a trustworthy adult and they can help!

Make sure to use safety tools

The big red block button on most video games and sites can be your best friend when it comes to internet safety! Just one click and your worries or stress coming from another player or website can be taken away.

Speak up!

Always speak up! In your life there are lots of trusting adults, whether it be parents, carers or teachers that are willing to support you with any internet troubles, so always speak to someone if you feel scared, worried or annoyed by something.

Being safe on the internet is a great skill to have and one that ensures you have a fun, healthy experience when doing things you love like playing video games or watching clips!

By following these tips, you can make sure you get the most out of your online experience, no matter what you use the internet for! Make sure to share these tips with your friends to keep everyone safe online.