If you are between 5 and 10, you probably know a lot about using the internet!
We have created this area for you to show you what we think is good and show you ways you can get yourself out of bad situations.
If you know something we do not, or you want to get involved in helping to make our website better, take a minute to tell a member of our staff.
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How to report it
Being online and using the internet is just like being in the real world - you can chat to people, play games and share pictures. But sometimes things happen which can make you upset. People may say nasty things to you which upset you, or you may see something that you don’t like.
If this happens, you must remember that it’s not your fault.
- ALWAYS TELL A TRUSTED ADULT straight away if you are upset or worried about something that has happened online.
- Remember to SAVE ANY MESSAGES that have upset you so you can show them to who you tell – they will be able to help, and they will be able to give you good advice about what else to do. Never worry about getting into trouble – you are not the one who is in the wrong.
- If you do not want to talk to a trusted adult, you may want to chat to someone else about how you feel. CHILDLINE is a site where you can have a chat with a counsellor who will listen to you and not judge you. You can also call them for free on 0800 1111 and it will not show up on your phone bill.
Top Tips to Stay Safe Online
- Always ask a grown up before you use the internet. They can help you find the best thing to do.
- Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, where you live, where you go to school, phone number and password. Only your friends and family need to know that.
- Do not send pictures to people you do not know. You do not want strangers looking at photos of you, your friends or your family.
- Be careful when accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, images or texts from people you do not know or trust because these can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
- Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information by looking at other websites, in books, or with someone who knows. If you like chatting online it is best to only chat to your real world friends and family.
- Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
- Tell a parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone, or something, makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.
- You can also call ‘Childline’ on: 08001111 to talk to someone in confidence.