Staying safe

Online safety

To help your children to stay safe online, you should:

  • be aware of what they are doing
  • know who their online friends are
  • talk to them about the dangers of sharing personal information and photos
  • make sure they can talk to you if they feel uncomfortable about something they have seen
  • teach them about privacy settings on social media

Advice for children and young people

The internet can be fun. It's important to stay safe online.


  • tell an adult you trust if you are upset or worried about something that has happened online
  • save any message that has upset you and show them to an adult you trust


  • tell anyone you meet online your address, telephone number or school's name
  • send anyone your picture that you wouldn’t be happy for your family to see
  • send anyone your credit card or bank account number
  • arrange to meet anyone without checking with your parent or carer
  • give your password to anyone
  • stay in a chat room if someone says or writes something that makes you feel uncomfortable

Further advice

For more tips about online safety, visit:

Report online abuse

You can report online abuse or obscene content to:

If you are a victim of cybercrime, call the police on 101.