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Internet safety for teens

How do you keep yourself safe on social media?

  • Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.
  •  Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself. Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it.
  • keep your social media accounts on private.
  • Never give out passwords.
  • Dont accept random friend requests from people you don't know.
  •  Keep your privacy settings as high as possible.
  •  Don’t befriend people you don’t know.
  •  Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online. Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do.
  • Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are.
  • Think carefully about what you say before you post something online.
  • Be sure to use and update your anti-virus software.
  • Help others to recognize the importance of protecting yourself and your devices, share these tips with family and friends.
  •  Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree,  it doesn’t mean you need to be rude.
  • If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your device if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately.
  • Report any inappropriate pictures that you have been sent.
  • Don't send or feel peer pressured to send inappropriate pictures or messages.
  • if you don't feel safe online tell someone you trust that can help, always remember not to deal with difficult situations on your own.