How can I enjoy my time online safely?

Band runner

Think U know – has lots of information and a really fun game called Band Runner with tips to help you stay safe online.

Be SMART

The UK Safer Internet Centre has come up with the SMART rules to help you stay safe on the internet. These are:

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Safe: Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.

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Meet: Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.

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Accepting: Accepting emails, messages, or opening files, images or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems — they may contain viruses or nasty messages!

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Reliable: Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information with an adult you trust.

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Tell: Tell a parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone, or something, makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.

Childnet has made some fun cartoons featuring Kara, Winston and the SMART crew to tell you more about these rules.