A Safer Internet

The Internet can be a great place for education, creativity and entertainment.

Young people find social media an important part of everyone life.

In a recent survey carried out for CBBC, Newsround it suggests that more than three quarters of children aged 10 to 12 in the UK have social media accounts, even though they are below the age limit. One in five young people have faced online bullying, and four out of five young people have seen ‘online have’, such as offensive or threatening language.

Another worrying statistic that came out of recent surveys is that thirty seven per cent of 10 – 12 years old with a social media account say they have made friends online with someone they’ve not met in person.

The UK Safer Internet Centre is launching the ‘Creating a Better Internet for All report’ after carrying out research with 1,512 young people aged 3 – 18 years, exploring young people’s attitudes, experiences and responses to positive and negative of being online.

  • 94 per cent of young people believe that no one should be targeted with online hate, however
  • 82 per cent have seen or heard something hateful about certain groups on the Internet.
  • 35 per cent of young people said that online hate is something they worry about, whilst
  • 74 per cent said that online hate makes them more careful about what they share online.

We need to empower young people with the knowledge, skills and confidence to ensure they are equipped to deal with online hate.  It is important that young people keep themselves safe online, here is some advice for young people to make the internet a place for kindness and respect.

  • Think about what you are posting, would you say or do this to someone face to face?
  • Be careful of what information you share, if you wouldn’t want to share this will your Grandparent or your Teacher, don’t share it online.
  • Be careful what you chat about, don’t share personal information like your phone number, your address and where you go to school.
  • Keep your private stuff private, use the privacy settings which enable you to choose what information you share.
  • If you are put under pressure its ok to say NO, stop what you are doing and tell a safe, trusted adult, you won’t get into trouble and they will be able to help you.
  • If everyone reports online hate when they see it maybe it can be stopped.


Being Safe Online

One of our therapists recently attended some training on how to keep safe online. They wanted to share some of information with you that they thought might be helpful.

The internet can be a magical place, but it is important that it is used safely. Everything you do online is captured forever. You wouldn’t leave your front door open to strangers, and so it is important to create a sensible password and use different password for each account.

If you wouldn’t do it face to face, you shouldn’t do it online. You wouldn’t go up to a complete stranger and start a conversation. Remember not to say things online that you wouldn’t talk about in conversations with your family.

Don’t be put under pressure to do something you don’t want to do. Ask yourself ‘Why am I doing this’? If someone cares about you they would not put you under pressure.

Would you put this information on a notice board?

Once it’s gone – it’s gone, and you can lose control of it.

Think before you send and share.

It could affect you or someone else.

If you wouldn’t want your parents to see it, then don’t post it.

Remember it you are under 18 years old. It’s illegal to take or share an indecent picture of yourself, or to look at or share someone else’s.

If you are affected by bullying please talk to someone you can trust for help and support.