Tips for Young People

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Follow our SMART rules: 5 Top Tips to stay safe online!


Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.


Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.


Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, images or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!


Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information by looking at other websites, in books, or with someone who knows. If you like chatting online it’s best to only chat to your real world friends and family.


Tell a parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone, or something, makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.

For more, visit Childnet’s Primary children’s activity zone!

Secondary (Age 11-18)

Top tips

Protect your online reputation:

Use the services provided to manage your digital footprints and ‘think before you post.’ Content posted online can last forever and could be shared publicly by anyone.

Know where to find help:

Understand how to report to service providers and use blocking and deleting tools. If something happens that upsets you online, it’s never too late to tell someone.

Don’t give in to pressure: 

If you lose your inhibitions you've lost control; once you’ve pressed send you can’t take it back.

Respect the law:

Use reliable services and know how to legally access the music, film and TV you want.

Acknowledge your sources:

Use trustworthy content and remember to give credit when using others’ work/ideas.

For more visit Childnet’s Hub for young people 11-18!

Childnet international aims to make the internet a great and safe place for children and young people. Find out more at Childnet International.