With the Internet and the World Wide Web becoming a bigger part of our lives everyday, it's important that we remain safe online. We've put together a list of basic tips that will help you to stay safe online.
Many websites will ask you for personal information. This may be when you're trying to access a page, or even register an account. Be careful about what information you provide to websites. Do not give away personal or sensitive information about yourself, your family, or your friends. This includes full names, addresses, and phone numbers.
It's very easy for someone on the Internet to pretend to be someone that they are not. Whether it's someone you have met in a chat room, on a social network, or in a forum - you should not meet up with that person.
Online forms that require you to enter information can sometimes be suspicious. Seek adult advice before filling these out.
If you receive an email from someone who you do not know, then do not open it. It may contain a virus.
Cyber Bullying includes talking about an individual (whether it be another pupil, teacher, or parent) in a hurtful way. Bullying can lead to many negative effects on the victim. Police have the power to intervene and punish bullies.
When you're purchasing something on a website or providing sensitive information, ensure the website was loaded over a secure connection. You can do this by checking to see if it says https:// in the address bar at the top of your web browser. This encrypts your information to protect it from hackers.
Parental Controls can help support you to protect your children at home when they are using the Internet. The link below gives good advice regarding this.