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Being Safe Online

Being Safe Online

SAFEGUARDING - Online Safety update

This is an unpleasant online risk for younger children you may not be aware of: It is becoming increasingly common for sexual predators to trick young children into getting changed or undressed on camera by playing a ‘game’ or issuing a ‘challenge’ to see how fast they can get changed into different clothes or into a swimming costume. This might happen over video chat or livestreaming app. Children often don't even know this has happened. Videos are often taken and then circulated. More information is available at  , which is a new campaign from LGFL aimed at children.

There is also a really helpful site which can be used by parents (and teachers) around online safety It’s a good idea to add a link to this on your school website.

Rules for internet safety online - Children and Young People

Never give out any personal information such as:

  • your full name,
  • address,
  • phone numbers or
  • school name.

Only use a computer when an adult is nearby.

Tell an adult straight away if you come across anything that upsets you or makes you feel uncomfortable.

Never send a picture of yourself to a person that you don’t know or haven’t met.

Never arrange to meet someone whom you have met through the Internet, even if you think you know them well or they seem really nice.

Never give out your password to anyone (even your best friends) other than your parents.

Don’t fill out forms online without asking an adult first.

Check with an adult before downloading anything as it could damage the computer.

For a readable guide with helpful images please use the document in the downloads section.

Many parents know less about being online than their children.  It can therefore feel difficult to make sure that your child or young adult is being safe in the online environment they spend so much time in. 

You can find more information on the following sites:

If you are a young person yourself, have a look at these top tips for using the internet safely, responsibly and positively with Childnet.

If you are a parent or carer looking for help to keep your children safe online, there's a wide range of topics covered with Internet Matters

The NSPCC has teamed up with O2 to help answer your online safety questions. Whether you want to set up parental controls, adjust privacy settings or get advice on social networks, experts are here to help.  Just phone 0808 8005002.

Keeping Children Safe Online website provides a safe fun educational website that is interactive and teaches young children about Internet safety while they explore.

Get Safe Online is a public / private sector partnership supported by HM Government and is the UK’s leading source of unbiased, factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety.