Here is some general advice to help children stay safe online:

 Use and follow the advice that you have been given in school.


  • Some social networking sites have a minimum age of 13 years (click here to find out more)
  • Only use adult moderated networking sites.
  • Do not stay in a chat room if anyone says anything that makes you feel uncomfortable or worried. Tell a parent/adult immediately.
  • Be a critical user by considering “is this information true?”
  • Tell a parent/adult if you receive a message that is scary, threatening or rude, do not respond to the message – log off.
  • Do not send anyone your photograph.
  • Never meet up with someone you have met in cyberspace without your parents’ permission.
  • Never give out your password to others.
  • Don’t be tempted to send or follow ‘chain mails’.

Enjoy your time on the internet in a safe manner and remember there are other things that you can also do: such as read a good book; play with their friends; spend time with family and participate in sport.