Internet safety tips for children and young people:
- Remember, everyone you meet online is a stranger, even though they may seem like a friend.
- Always use a nickname when you log on and never give out any personal details that would allow someone you meet online to contact you. That means your full name, home or school address, telephone number, personal email or mobile number.
- Never arrange to meet up alone with someone you make friends with online. If you're going to, make sure that you take an adult you trust and always meet in a public place.
- Try to have your online conversations in public; people are less likely to hassle you if other people can see them doing it.
- Accepting emails or opening files from people you don't really know can get you into trouble. They might contain viruses, nasty messages or links to things that you don't really want to see.
- Talk to an adult you know well and ask for help if you're worried or upset about anything you have seen or been sent online.
These tips were taken from the CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) centre.