- Never give out personal information like your full name, address, school or phone number
- Don't arrange to meet people that you have only met online. It may feel like you know them, but that person is still a stranger.
- Do use a nickname rather than your real name when using chat rooms or instant messaging services.
- Don't give out your passwords to anyone - even your friends!
- Block anyone who sends you an offensive message. All popular networking sites have blocking options to deal with unwanted messages - find someone who can help you at home or at school if you are unsure how to do this.
- Delete any suspicious emails and do not open any attachments unless you are 100% sure they are from a trusted source. They could have a virus that could infect your computer, or link you to a website that you wouldn't want to see.
- Do speak to a trusted adult about anything you see online that worries you.
- Don't be afraid to report anything you feel uncomfortable with that has happened online. You can report it directly to the CEOP Safety Centre - see information below.
CEOP helps any child or young person under the age of 18 who is being pressured, forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity of any kind. This can be something that has taken place either online or in ‘the real world’, or both. The CEOP Safety Centre has clear information and advice on what can be reported to CEOP, the reporting process and what will happen if you do decide to make a report. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button above. If you are experiencing online bullying or something else online has worried you please speak to an adult you trust, or you can talk to Childline at any time on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk.