There are lots of fun things you can do on the internet and it can be a great way to stay in touch with friends. But sometimes people will try to trick you into clicking dangerous links or sharing things about yourself or something you've shared might be used to bully or frighten you.

Follow these TOP TIPS for using the internet safely and positively.  Take the full post.

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Top Tips for staying safe Online - For Young People





There are lots of fun things you can do on the internet and it can be a great way to stay in touch with friends. But sometimes people will try to trick you into clicking dangerous links or sharing things about yourself or something you've shared might be used to bully or frighten you.

Follow these TOP TIPS for using the internet safely and positively.  Take the full post.


TOP TIP 1

KEEP YOUR PERSONAL DETAILS SAFE 

Keep your personal information safe. When chatting or posting online don’t give away things like your full name, password or home address. Remember personal information can be seen in images and videos you share too. Keep them safe to keep yourself safe.

TOP TIP 2

BE CAREFUL WHO YOU MEET ONLINE 

Meeting up with someone you only know online, even a friend of a friend, can be dangerous as this person is still a stranger. If someone you only know online ever asks you to meet up, for personal information or for photos/videos of you then tell an adult straight away.

Then report them together at www.thinkuknow.co.uk or contact Police Scotland www.scotland.police.uk. Call 101 for advice and support (or call 999 if you think a child is in immediate danger).

TOP TIP 3

THINK CAREFULLY BEFORE ACCEPTING THINGS ONLINE 

Think carefully before you click on or open something online (e.g. links, adverts, friend requests, photos) as you never know where they may lead to or they may contain viruses. Do not accept something if you are unsure of who the person is or what they’ve sent you.

TOP TIP 4

MAKE SURE IT'S RELIABLE

You cannot trust everything you see online as some things can be out of date, inaccurate or not entirely true. To find reliable information compare at least three different websites, check in books and talk to someone about what you have found.

TOP TIP 5

TALK TO A TRUSTED ADULT

Tell a trusted adult if something or someone ever makes you feel upset, worried or confused. This could be if you or someone you know is being bullied online. There are lots of people who will be able to help you like your teachers, parents, carers.

Or contact Childline on 0800 11 11 or visit www.childline.org.uk

TOP TIP 6

BE KIND AND RESPECTFUL TO OTHERS

Remember to always be kind and respectful to others online. Make the internet a better place by helping your friends if they are worried or upset by anything that happens online.

Thank you for listening and we hope it hels.  

This guidance produced with the help of Police Scotland Safer Communities Cybercrime Prevention Unit.

email:  SCDCyberPreventionEast@Scotland.pnn.police.uk