Using the internet is part of everyday life for most people. It is a great place to see more, learn more and have fun. However, it can also be dangerous if you don’t know how to stay safe online.
Tips to stay safe online
- Keep your personal information private
- Consider what you share on your social media profiles
- Think about photos before sharing them. Take out photos that show your house address, your car licence plate and other information people could use to find you
- Keep an eye on youraccounts
- Never provide your personal or bank details
- Never share your passwordswith others
- Make sure that you have anti-virus software installed on your computer and it is updated regularly
Worried about someone knowing?
If you’re worried about an abuser knowing you have visited certain websites, such as domestic violence websites, you should clear your history or empty the cache file in your browser’s settings (the browser is the software you use to access the internet).
The safest way to find information on the internet is on a computer that you know an abuser cannot access such as at a local library, a friend’s house or at work.
ThinkUKnow is a nationally acclaimed website which has information for children, teenagers, parents and teachers. You can report illegal or inappropriate online behaviour through the 'Report abuse' button.
Get Safe Online has practical advice on how to protect yourself, your computers and mobile devices against fraud, identity theft, viruses and other problems encountered online.