Home » Children & Young People » Staying safe on-line

The internet is a great way to connect with others and learn new things. It’s important you know how to stay safe and keep others safe online.

Top tips for staying safe on-line

  • Think about what you share on-line: check your privacy settings and don’t post personal information with people you don’t know. This includes address, email address and phone number
  • Think before you post: don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your teacher or parents to see. Don’t post anything that will harm or upset someone else
  • Never share or reveal your passwords
  • Be careful who you talk to. Someone might not be who they say they are
  • Friends you make on-line are still strangers, even if you’ve been talking to them for a long time. Don’t meet up with friends you make on-line unless you’ve talked it through with an adult you trust first and they can help you stay safe

More information:

Aged 5-11? Go to the Lurking Trolls website to find out more

Click here to read our latest online-safety newsletter

CEOP’s ThinkUKnow has the latest information you need to keep yourself safe

ChildLine has online safety tips, and information on what to do if you’re being bullied online

See our PSCB pages on radicalisation, exploitation, or bullying for more information on these areas

Child Exploitation & Online Protection (CEOP)

CEOP is there to support young people, parents and carers while surfing online, and offers help and advice on topics such as:

  • cyberbullying
  • hacking
  • harmful content

It also enables people to immediately report anything online which they find concerning, such as harmful or inappropriate content, or possible grooming behaviour.

For more information or to report a concern click here


‘Sexting’ is a term used to describe the sharing of intimate images or video with another person. As a general rule – if you wouldn’t show it to your parents or your gran, you probably shouldn’t share it online! Once you send a message, you’re not in control of what happens to it. Remember – if a picture or video is of a boy or girl under 18 and it’s ‘indecent’ – (if it’s naked, a topless girl, contains genitals or sex acts it will be!) – it’s illegal to share, keep on your computer or on your phone.

That doesn’t mean your friend will be in trouble. The police understand that young people share these images with their boyfriends or girlfriends, even though it’s a bad idea. What it does mean is that if other people are sharing a picture without your friend’s permission, they are breaking the law and could be in serious trouble.

For further advice go to ChildLine and the South West Grid for Learning guide so you got naked online and the CEOP page selfies: the naked truth.  Or view the award winning film wildfire.