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Being safe on the internet

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The internet is amazing, but it can also be scary

Playing games, looking at videos and talking to friends online can be a lot of fun! Take a look at these tips to make sure you do it safely.

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Don’t give out information about yourself

Don’t share personal stuff online like your full name, address or phone number. Someone could try to use this information to find you. Choose a fun nickname instead!

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Only talk to people you know

When using social media or online messaging, make your profile private and only add your friends in real life. Talk to your parents first before you chat with people you don’t know.

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Think carefully before you press send

You can get in trouble with Police if you send photos of you or other people without clothes on. You can also get in trouble if you bully someone or talk about hurting them.

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Watch what you buy online

Some stuff on the internet needs money like playing games or shopping. Always ask your parents before spending money online!

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Talk to an adult if you feel worried

Some things on the internet might make us feel scared or confused. Always talk to a parent or an adult you trust if you are worried about something online.

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Stay safe online

If you need someone to talk to - give us a call, send an email or start a WebChat.

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This content was last reviewed 15/02/2018