Being safe on the internet
The Internet is a great place to chat to friends, show all your photos and have fun, but it's important to know how to stay safe too.
As with most potential online dangers, the problems can start when you don’t look after your personal details properly. The risks you need to be aware of are:
- cyberbullying (bullying using digital technology)
- invasion of privacy
- identity theft
- seeing offensive images and messages
- the presence of online strangers
As a general rule you should:
- keep private information safe and never give out details such as: your full name; photos; postal or email addresses; school information; mobile or home telephone numbers; or details of places you like to spend time.
- never arrange to meet people you have only met online. Even if you have been chatting with someone for a while, that person is still a stranger.
- delete any suspicious emails or attachments as they may contain something offensive or have a virus that can cause damage to your computer.
- never doing anything on webcam you wouldn’t want your family or friends to see.
- chat to a trusted adult if you are worried or unhappy about anything they see online.
The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) has developed some excellent tips to help young people enjoy the internet safely. Visit www.education.gov.uk/ukccis for further details.
Other sources of advice:
- Childline's Safe Surfing page
There is also a useful guide available from the Mencap website that advises parents on internet safety for people with a learning disability or autism.
Enfield Safeguarding Children Board
Visit the Enfield Safeguarding Children Board website to find out more about how the teams across the borough are ensuring the safety of the children and young people of Enfield.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) Centre helps young people stay safe online.
Has someone acted inappropriately towards you online, or to a young person you know?
It may be sexual chat, being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or someone being insistent on meeting up.
You can report it to CEOP using this link http://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/
Be webcam aware - be safe online.
If you use a webcam to chat online you need to know how to keep yourself safe on screen.
Read this very useful guidance from CEOP as what you think may be a private chat can soon become public - very quickly.
Be job scam aware when applying for jobs online
Job scams are increasing on the interent. They come in many forms and want to steal either your money or your identity. So please be careful and ask yourself why you are being asked to pay or receive money or provide personal bank details about yourself upfront as part of the process. Visit www.getsafeonline.org to find out more.