Online Safety


The internet has much to offer us that is positive, but it can also present risks and danger. It is a great way to extend our learning and interests and stay connected with the world, especially our friends and family, but it is crucial that we have a good understanding of how to keep ourselves safe in the digital world.
On this page you will find a variety of resources to help you understand some of the risks online and how to take steps to keep safe whilst using it.
Top tips for keeping safe online
  • Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.
  • Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself. Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it; it’s not just yours anymore.
  • Keep privacy settings as high as possible.
  • Never give out your usernames or passwords, even if it is to someone you know.
  • If you have a webcam on your device, cover this up when not in use or close the laptop shut.
  • Don’t befriend people you don’t know.
  • Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online. Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do.
  • Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are.
  • Think carefully about what you say before you post something online.
  • Respect other people’s views – even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude.
  • If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer and tell a trusted adult immediately. 
  • Report any inappropriate, sexual, and violent images to providers using their built-in flag functions. E.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.


Useful Links for Children
Childline Information and Advice
Think U Know Online Game
Childline Coping Kit