You can use your computer, mobile phone or tablet for lots of fun things and to make lots of new friends from all over the world.
This section of our website will provide you with links to really useful advice on how to be careful when you use the internet and some great tips to keep safe. If you are worried about anything you see online or people are asking you questions about where you live or saying nasty things to you please speak to your parents or teacher or follow any of the links below for help and advice.
You can view our Online Safety policies on our Policies page.
With so many new apps, websites and technologies being developed, it can be difficult to stay up to date. Common Sense Media is an excellent resource to keep you in the know. They provide trusted ratings on movies, books, apps and games. They also create up to date parents’ guides to the latest games and trends.
Here are some of our favourite guides:
Google Internet Legends
The Be Internet Legends programme is designed to teach your child the skills they need to stay safe and have a positive time online. Your involvement at home can really help reinforce these key messages to help your child become more confident when exploring the online world.
Parent Info is collaboration between CEOP and Parent Zone and provides information to parents and carers about their children’s wellbeing and resilience, internet safety and a wide range of other topic matters like sex, relationship and body image.
Think U Know Website
I bet you probably like to use the computer for fun. The Think U Know website will help you go on the internet in a safe way and tell who to talk to if you are worried. You can also find out about Lee & Kim’s adventures or watch Hector and his friends learning to use computers safely!
If you want to talk to someone else you can call ‘Childline’, which is a place where people who are nice can help you. You can phone them on: 0800 1111.
Be Smart be cool – Be smart online.
What’s your favourite thing to do online. Visit the KidSMART website and learn more about the internet and being a SMART surfer. Learn the SMART Rules with Kara Winston and the SMART Crew. If anything goes wrong online or upsets you make sure you tell someone about it.
- S, which stands for SAFE reminds young people to keep all personal information to themselves,
- M reminds children to never agree to meet up with someone their talking to online in the offline world.
- A is for Accepting and it challenges young people to think before they accept files and friend requests from strangers, this is never a good idea as the file could contain viruses or something upsetting.
- R for reliable emphasises to children that not everything online is true and finally
- T for tell focusses on telling an adult if anything upsets them online eg. cyberbullying.
Download a poster of the SMART Rules by clicking the link below.