Staying Safe Online
Oscar's Adventures in the Online World has been created to help you understand what it takes to stay safe online. Can you help Oscar make the right decisions so he can avoid dangers through his journey in the online world?
- Don’t post any personal information online – such as your address, email address, the school you attend, the names of you and your friends, or your mobile number.
- Don't post 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, and you will no longer be able to control what people do with it.
- Keep your privacy settings as high as possible - this will help keep you safe online
- Never give out your passwords - people could use them to access your accounts and find out personal information about you.
- Don’t befriend people you don’t know - who some people on the internet say they are is unfortunately not always true
- Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online - tell your parent or carer or someone at school immediately if anybody you meet online suggests that you should meet up
- Don't put up with people being unkind to you online - sometimes people can behave irresponsibly online or via apps and say unkind things; if they do this to you, block them, walk away from your device and tell a trusted adult immediately
- Think carefully about what you say before you post something online - anything you say will be there forever, and can be used as evidence against you (especially if you have said something unkind or inappropriate)
- Don't use apps or play games that are intended for older children or adults - they have an age restriction for a reason and not using them until you are old enough will help keep you safe online
- If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried leave the website, turn off your computer or device, and tell a trusted adult immediately.