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Like a lot of things, the internet has its good points and bad points, but we’re here to take you through them all so you can avoid all the net-nasties and get the most out of surfing through cyberspace!
“Internet?! Is that thing still around?” Homer Simpson
Yep, it sure is! And it’s becoming more and more of a part of our lives every day. Just look at how fast we Brits are speeding down that information highway…
Here are a few facts that might interest you
- 72% of Teens use the internet on their mobile phones
- Over a quarter of 16-24 year olds would rather use the internet than watch TV.
- 99% of 16 - 24 year olds are internet users. That’s over 7 million people! And over half of them use their mobile phones to go online.
Advice for Children and Young People: Be SMART!
- SAFE - Staying safe means being careful and not giving out your name, address, photos, mobile phone no., school name or password to people online. Use a nickname, set social networking sites to private and never post your own or your friends/families information/images without their permission.
- MEETING - Meeting up with someone you have contacted online can be dangerous as you never know if they are who they say they are. Only do so with your parent's/carer's permission, and when they can be present and always meet in a public place.
- ACCEPTING - e-mails or opening files from people you don't really know or trust can get you into trouble - they may contain viruses or nasty messages. The best thing to do is ignore them or show them to an adult you trust.
- RELIABLE - Some people online maybe lying about who they really are, and some information you find on the Internet may not always be reliable and true.
- TELL an adult you trust if someone or something ou see online makes you feel uncomfortable or worried. You can report online abuse to the police at www.thinkuknow.co.uk
- Don't do anything online you wouldn't do in real-life! If you wouldn't be happy with your parents/teacher/Local Police seeing it then don't post it online!
- Its never too late to tell someone if something or someone makes you feel uncomfortable - if it feels wrong it most probably is! Learn how to block someone online and report a problem.
- Remember: keep it private, keep it legal, keep it and keep it SMART: www.childnet.com
What is Cyberbullying?
"Cyberbullying is the use of ICT particularly mobile phones and the internet, to deliberately upset someone". Cyberbullying can occur in many forms: Mobile Phones (texting/videos/photos), Social Networking sites, Websites, Chatrooms, Instant Messaging, password misuse etc
Key Advice about Cyberbullying:
- Always respect others - think about what you say online and what images you send/post
- Remember that anything you publish online can be made public very quickly and you will never be sure who may have seen it. Once something is posted you lose control
- Treat your password like a toothbrush - never share it with anyone and only give your personal information like mobile phone number or e:mail address to trusted friends
- Learn how to block or report online Bullies or anyone behaving badly!
- Don't retaliate or reply!
- Save the evidence - text messages, online conversation, pictures etc.
- Always make sure you tell:
an adult you trust or contact someone like Childline or Cybermentors
The service provider e.g. website, mobile phone company etc
The school or the police
- If you see Cyberbullying going on then support the victim and REPORT the bullying
Important Organisations and Reporting a Problem
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) delivers a service dedicated to tackling the abuse and exploitation of children in the real and the "e" world. Young people can get support from CEOP on a range of issues - viruses, hacking, dealing with bullying online and report someone who is acting inappropriately towards them online. IF YOU NEED HELP CONTACT CEOP www.ceop.police.uk There is also a link on facebook www.facebook.com/clickceop
Sites for Young People: (Also useful for adults too!)
www.thinkuknow.co.uk Age 4+
www.kidsmart.org.uk Age 4+
www.ico.gov.uk/youth.aspx Keeping personal information Safe Age 13+
www.thatsnotcool.com/ Age 13+
www.watchyourspace.ie Age 11+
www.ikeepsafe.org Age 4+
www.netsmartz.org Age 4+
www.getnetwise.org Age 7+
www.childnet.com Age 4+
www.keepcontrol.eu/ Age 11+
www.webwise.ie/ Age 7+
www.ico.gov.uk/youth.aspx Age 13+
www.bbc.co.uk/onlinesafety Age 5+
http://pbskids.org/webonauts Age 5+
Think u know Online is a very useful site for information on safety for teens between the ages of 11 and 18 http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/11_16/control/