Some useful advice for young people about staying safe online:
Keep your personal information private, including address, phone number, email and where you go to school.
Never feel pressured into doing something you don’t want to, including sending photos of yourself that you would not want others to see.
Check privacy settings on social media (make sure only your friends can see what you’re posting and don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know).
Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are. Do not arrange to meet someone you’ve met online without taking a trusted adult with you.
Never share or reveal your passwords. Make sure you use strong passwords that are at least eight characters long and include a combination of lower and upper case letters, numbers and characters.
Watch out for suspicious emails. If you receive an email from a stranger, think before you click on a link or attachment – it could contain a virus.
Don’t post anything that is cruel, nasty or offensive. Treat everyone with the same respect online as you would in person. If someone upsets you, do not react. Block the person if possible, tell an adult you trust and if appropriate, report them to the website.
Respect the law – use reliable services to make sure that you are accessing music, films and television legally online to avoid breaking copyright laws.