Staying safe online

Music and the internet go together like Chase and Status …Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun (Twenty One Pilots) and … Snap and Chat. But it’s not always such a beautiful relationship when people get bullied or aren’t who they say they are. Here are some tips for staying safe online:


1. Never give out personal information to online friends. This includes an instant messaging ID, email address, mobile number, school name and any pictures of you, your family and friends.

2. If something is published online, anyone can access it, change it or share it with others. Keep social network profiles private.

3. Use webcams with caution and only with family and friends who are already known in the real world, as images can be copied, changed and shared. If TMW team say it’s appropriate, it’s safe to use your webcam (eg for Skype) with them as they are DBS-checked and follow strict safeguarding policies.

4. Do not post inappropriate images of yourself online.

5. Remember that online friends are just that and if they are not known to you in the real world, offline, they may be lying about who they are.

6. Never meet with a person you have met online unless you take a trusted adult with you.

7. Think before opening files from people you don’t know in the real world. They may contain anything from a virus to an inappropriate image or film and should be deleted.

8. Learn how to block someone online and report them to the website involved. Report abusive users to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) if you feel uncomfortable or threatened. Save the website to your favourites so that you can report any suspicious behaviour straight away.

9. Online location tools, such as Facebook Places, should not be used by those who are under-18 or if you are in a location alone

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