Internet Safety for Children

Internet Safety for Children

The internet is a powerful tool for school research as well as a great platform to have fun and maintain your friendships. However, there are unscrupulous people who will take advantage of the vulnerability and nieve nature of children. The Internet Safety for Children website will help you advise and guide your childs browsing habits to help better protect from intrenet risks.
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Internet Safety for Children: Online Chatting

  • Keep your details private - Do not tell anyone on the internet your full name, home address or school details. You can safely tell someone the country or city you are from but never give a road name as this could be used to find you.
  • Don't trust everything you read - When you chat to someone online they can easily lie and tell you they are the same age, from the same city and love the same activities. You think you have found a perfect friend but the person on the other end of the keyboard is completely different!
  • Don't meet up - Never meet up with someone you have only met online. If you must meet up then make sure you tell a trusted adult, take a trusted adult with you and meet in a public place with lots of people around.
  • Block random contacts - When using an instant messenger (like MSN Messenger) you may find that a random person requests to be on your friends list. Always block people you do not recognise.
  • Keep details to a minimum - We at Internet Safety for Children recommend that you do not include details about your hobbies, likes and dislikes in your profile information. Also, do not use a personal picture of yourself. Instead choose a picture of a pet, celebrity, default avatar or some other object. The more someone can find out about you the easier it is for them to worm their way into your trust.

Internet Safety for Children: Email

  • Don't read - Internet safety for children starts with recognising the email address of the sender. Also,if the subject line sounds vague or irrelevant to you then don't even bother opening the email - just delete it.
  • Don't click - If you have opened the email and realised it is not from someone you know then definitely don't click any of the links in the email. If you receive a dodgy sounding email from a friend then check they sent it before clicking any links - their email account may have been hacked.
  • Delete - Make sure you delete any messages from people you don't know.
  • Don't send pictures - If you haven't met the person in real life then don't send them a photo. If your email partner is asking for a picture then you should ask a trusted adult first.

Internet Safety for Children: Mobile Phones

  • Never reply to unrecognised text messages - From time to time you may be sent advertising messages or spam messages that will try to get you to respond or agree to some promotion. Delete these messages immediately and do not reply,
  • Never give out your phone number - Internet safety for children starts with not giving out your personal details. Never give out your mobile phone number to someone you haven't met in the real world. If someone is try to get your number then tell a trusted adult.
  • Be careful downloading ringtones - Ringtones can be quite expensive and be added onto your bill. If you choose to download a ringtone make sure you choose the correct one and check with the person who pays your phone bill first.
  • Be careful sending picture messages - Unless you have met the person in the real world, the Internet Safety for Children website recommends that you don't send a picture message to that person in case they are not who you really think they are.
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