Safe Internet Use

Here are some Internet Safety Tips for Your Children:
 
Treat people that you do not know on the Internet, as you would strangers that you may come across in real life. 
 
Do not give out any personal information related to you, your family or your friends.   This would include full names, addresses, telephone numbers including mobiless and dates of birth.  Be careful with any other information as well.  Your school name and location can also be used to identify who you are.  Sometimes there are people who watch out for certain bits of information, and they can develop a picture of your activities over a few days or a few weeks. So be very careful with what you say, and never give out your personal details.
 
Use your common sense. Someone you are chatting to on social media sites may not be who they say they are.
 
Do not arrange to meet someone in real life that you have met through the Internet.  If you must, make sure you get your parent's permission.  If they agree, never go and meet someone alone.  Take a grown up with you.
 
Never open an email from someone you do not know as you may download viruses (which can even come from people you do know), or it may have contents that can upset you.
 
Do not fill out any forms online without consulting your teachers or your parents. There are certain websites that are looking for personal information for marketing or other commercial purposes. Always check a website's privacy statement which tells you what the website will do with your information.
 
You may receive an email for a petition, containing a joke or even asking for money.  These emails may contain viruses or be hoaxes.  Think twice before forwarding any emails on.  If in doubt, check with someone else before sending anything on.
 
Never send pictures of yourself or any other personal material to someone you have met through the Internet.
 
Always tell your parents or teachers if you come across content online which makes you feel uncomfortable, or if someone on the Internet harasses you or threatens you.
 
Never respond to rude, obscene or threatening messages which make you feel uncomfortable. Tell your parents or teachers about such messages and where possible, save a copy of the message so that your parents or teachers can forward it to your Internet Service Provider, or use it to make a police report.
 
Always check the information you read on websites. Websites do not always have correct or truthful information.  Check that the website you are getting your information from is a reliable one.
 
Always be responsible when online, if using the Internet at home or in a public place.  Do not cause harm or offence to others when using the Internet. 

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