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Be safe online

Never give out your name, address or other identifying details to someone you don’t know over the internet or on social media.

  • If you’re using a site requiring that real names be used, like Facebook, use the highest security settings available.
  • Only put up pictures of yourself under settings that limit the people who can see them to friends and family.
  • Don’t share your social media log in details with anyone but your parents/fosterparents.
  • Cyber bullying is where bullying or harassment of any kind takes place online. Even if it happens outside of school hours it can be brought to your schools attention to be dealt with in the same way as meat space bullying.
  • If you’re being cyber bullied don’t delete any messages you get as they’re evidence you may need if you report it.
  • Many sites will also respond to and deal with cyber bullying incidents if reported to the administrators.
  • Don’t retaliate as this can get you in trouble as well.
  • Don’t download programmes or other files without checking with an adult first unless they come from a reputable source like a .edu or .gov site or an email from a trusted person.
  • If someone you trust emails you a file with an odd name or either no text or a strange message in the email check with them or your parents before you open it.
  • Do not agree to meet someone you’ve met online in person.
  • Check out the links on our Links page for more tips on cyberbullying and online safety.