Online safety advice

The internet is a valuable resource that creates a wide range of opportunities for adults and young people. However, there are also risks and dangers to be aware of. By following these tips and guidance you can minimise those risks and help keep yourself and your family members stay safe online.

Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address, mobile phone number. 

  • Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself. Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it
  • Keep your privacy settings as high as possible
  • Make sure your passwords are strong and never give them out. They should be combinations of numbers, capital letters and symbols
  • Don’t accept friend requests off people you don’t know
  • Don’t meet up with people you’ve only met online 
  • Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are
  • Think carefully about what you say before you post something online. Remember anything you post may stay there forever
  • Keep your software updated
  • Use a firewall 
  • More on cyber awareness


Cyberbullying is a form of bullying using electronic means such as phones, e-mails, social media apps and online gaming. It is an increasingly common problem, especially amongst teenagers, but also occurs amongst primary age children and adults. Cyber bullying usually involves the misuse of digital media or communications to bully a person or a group, typically through messages or actions that are alarming and/or intended to cause offence, apprehension or humiliation.

Examples of cyber bullying:

  • Abusive comments, rumours, gossip and threats made using digital communications and/or technologies - this includes internet trolling 
  • Sharing pictures, videos or personal information without the permission of the owner and with the intent to cause harm and/or humiliation
  • Hacking into someone’s email, phone or online social media profiles to extract and share personal information, or to send hurtful content while posing as that person
  • Creating dedicated websites that intend to harm, make fun of someone or spread malicious rumours
  • Pressurising someone to do something they do not want to such as sending a sexually explicit image.

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Child Sexual Exploitation

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual, emotional and physical abuse of children.
A person under 18 is sexually exploited when they are coerced into sexual activities by one or more person(s) who have deliberately targeted their youth and inexperience in order to exercise power over them.
The process often involves a stage of ‘grooming’, in which the child might receive something (such as a mobile phone, clothes, drugs or alcohol, attention or affection) as part of emotional or sexual abuse.
Any young person can be a victim of child sexual exploitation. It can happen to boys as well as girls, from any culture or background.

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