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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

Cyberbullying

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

CEOP: www.ceop.police.uk

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.childline.org.uk/Info/Pages/OnlineSafety.aspx Age 8+

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/

 

 

 

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