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It is really important to stay safe online.  Here are some rules to help you.

  1. Keep your personal information safe.  You wouldn't give your name, address or phone number to a stranger on the street, so don't do it online!
  2. Protect your password.  Passwords keep your information private, if you give your password out you lose control of your accounts, information and messages.
  3. Not everyone online is who they say there are.  People can pretend to be someone else online.  You can never be sure if they are telling the truth, they might not be as nice as they seem.
  4. Never meet up with someone you have met online.  Online friends might not be who they say they are.  If an online friend asks you to meet them, tell an adult that you trust.
  5. Never open emails from people you don't know.   Some emails can contain virus attachments or upsetting information and images.   Emails from people you do not know should be deleted.
  6. Check your privacy settings.  If you have an online profile check your settings and make sure that only people you know and want to view your information and photographs can.  Do you really want your teachers and neighbours to see all you post online?
  7. If you use social networking sites, remember it's not a game to add as many people as you can to look more popular!  Do you really know your online friends?   Do not add anyone you don't know.
  8. Think carefully before uploading photos.  Your profile pictures or photo albums will appear in an Internet search so never upload photos you wouldn't want your family or friends seeing.
  9. Always ask permission to use the Internet and ask an adult which website you can visit.  Some websites can be dangerous or contain upsetting or scary things.  Ask an adult to help you choose safe sites.
  10. If you see anything on the Internet that make you feel uncomfortable, tell an adult you trust, or click the CEOPS button on this website.