Young people will often use the internet for things like playing games, sending messages by email, connecting with friends via social media, or for looking up information on websites such as Google for example.
However your young person uses the internet, it's important to consider how you'll prepare them to stay safe online.
Have a chat with your young person, reminding them to:
- be careful about who they chat to, as you never really know who you are talking to online
- be careful about sharing information about themselves online or sending photos
- keep their passwords and bank details a secret- no one should be asking for this information in an email for example. This is called a scam.
- If someone or something they have seen makes them feel scared or uncomfortable online, tell someone they trust immediately- such as a teacher, parent/carer, or trusted adult.
There are organisations that can help with resources and information on staying safe online: