Follow our SMART rules: 5 Top Tips to stay safe online!
Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.
Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, images or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information by looking at other websites, in books, or with someone who knows. If you like chatting online it’s best to only chat to your real world friends and family.
Tell a parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone, or something, makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.
Are you being bullied online?
If you are a victim of cyber-bullying via text messages, Instagram, Snapchat or another APP?
Please let us know via Whisper.
You can send a message anonymously (this means we wont know you sent it) or you can leave your name so that we can talk to you about the problem. Whisper does not collect any information to identify a sender unless you choose to leave your details.
Clicking on the Whisper button below will take you to an online forn where you can leave a message. You can also send an anonymous text by following the SMS Instructions. Again, Whisper will not store any of your personal information.