Staying safe online and at home

These pages were developed with the support and input of IT students from Erith School.

There is a lot of advice and help for young people about staying safe online. Good websites recommended by Bexley young people include:

ThinkUknow

ThinkUknow - how to report

CBBC Stay Safe

Bexley Council also has good advice on their e-safety page

Young people in Bexley say that if you are using the internet or other ways to communicate, e.g. mobile phones, you should think about the advice below:

  • Keep it private - Nothing goes away on the Internet, and once it is sent you will not be able to get it back.
  • Don’t share anything you don’t want other people to see - pictures, your personal information etc.
  • If you don’t know somebody, be very careful.
  • If it looks too good to be true, it usually is!
  • Remember people are often trying to sell you something - either for money or their opinions.
  • If you’re not sure, don’t do it.
  • If you feel threatened or abused, tell someone. Get help!

But, enjoy the internet, social media and using your phone! They are meant to be fun, but stay alert and if something happens online that makes you feel unhappy or unsafe, tell someone you trust.

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is bullying that happens online. It can happen through email, text, social media, online chat rooms and other online media.

NSPCC cyberbullying page

Childline cyberbullying page

Young people with learning disabilities

Young people with learning disabilities can be more vulnerable to cyberbullying or abuse. They also may need more support to understand when someone is bullying them online.

The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities has information about staying safe on emails, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Download the Staying Safe on Social Media and Online guide.

SaferNet is a website for Advice on staying safe online - for people with learning disabilities, and those who support them.

STAR is a teaching resource to help children with autism and learning disabilities stay safe online and protect themselves from cyberbullying. Go to the STAR page.

(Information provided by the Downs Syndrome Association)

10th February 2015 was Safer Internet Day, for more information see: Safer Internet Day. The theme was 'Let's create a better Internet together'.