6 top tips for staying safe online

When using the internet, it’s very important to understand how to stay safe and what information you should and should not post online.

At Hipperholme Grammar School, we hold a number of lessons and assemblies to keep pupils informed about the need to stay safe online.

We have already delivered a talk to parents, and the NSPCC hosted a special ‘Speak out. Stay safe’ assembly for Junior pupils about internet safety and the potential dangers of social media. In this session, the charity shared information to pupils on how they can keep themselves safe from harmful online content and get help if they have any worries.

Here are six tips on how to stay safe online.

Personal information

Avoid posting any personal information online about yourself such as your address, email or mobile number. You don’t know who will be able to access this information so it’s best not to be shared.

Keep your privacy settings as high as possible

Keep your private life private. Make sure only your friends and the people you know can access your profile.

Think before you post

Don’t upload or post anything you wouldn’t want your parents, teachers or friends to see.

Remember, once it is shared online, it is no longer private.

Passwords

Never share your passwords with anyone and make sure that your password is hard to guess. This way people will not be able to access any of your accounts.

Be careful who you talk to

Not everyone online is who they say they are. If somebody adds you as a friend and you don’t know who they are, ignore and delete it.

Respect

Not everyone has the same views as you, so remember to respect everyone’s opinions whether that is online or face-to-face.

If you are in doubt about what you see or who is trying to talk to you or your child online, remember to report it.



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