Internet safety

9th Feb 2017

Internet safety

How to stay safe on the internet

  • Never post your personal information, such as a mobile phone number, home number, home address, or your location on any social networking site or through mobile apps like Snapchat or Instagram.
  • Never meet in person with anyone you first “met” on the internet. If someone asks to meet you, tell your parents or carers right away. Some people may not be who they say they are.
  • Never post inappropriate pictures of anyone online. Check with your parents before you post pictures of yourself or others online.
  • Never respond to mean or rude texts, messages and e-mails. Delete any unwanted messages. You may need to delete friends who continuously bother you or post things that are not appropriate.
  • Never send mean or rude texts, messages and emails. If you wouldn’t say something to another person’s face, don’t text it or post it online.
  • Never share your passwords or lock codes with anyone, including your best friend. The only people who should know your password are your parents or carers.
  • Never download or install software or anything on your computer, iPad or mobile phone before checking with your parents or carers.
  • Always use the privacy settings of social networking sites.
  • Always talk with your parents or carers right away if anything makes you feel uncomfortable online, while gaming or when using your mobile phone.

Recommended ICT usage

  • Keep leisure ‘screen time’ to under 2 hours per day. (Screen time includes computers, televisions, iPads and mobile phones).
  • Take regular breaks when using any technology.
  • Avoid using a phone, computer or iPad up to 1 hour before you go to sleep.