Tips For Staying Safe Online

The internet is a brilliant place to connect with others, to be creative and to discover new things, but please bear in mind the following top tips to help you stay safe when online:

  1. Protect your online reputation: manage your digital footprints and ‘think before you post.’ Content posted online can last forever and could be shared publicly by anyone.
  2. Know where to find help: understand how to report to service providers and use blocking and deleting tools. If something happens that upsets you online, it’s never too late to tell someone.
  3. Don’t give in to pressure: if you lose your inhibitions you've lost control; once you’ve pressed send you can’t take it back.
  4. Respect the law: use reliable services and know how to legally access the music, film and TV you want.
  5. Acknowledge your sources: use trustworthy content and remember to give credit when using others’ work/ideas.

The UK Safer Internet Centre is a great website that has lots more information and resources to help you.

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