Internet Safety

We spoke to young people to help us learn about internet safety and to find out what works well for them to keep safe online. The young people we spoke to gave us lots of tips and ways to keep safe online. Please have a look below to find out what they said…

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Internet Safety

The internet is great for many reasons such as …

  • Communication – Such as interacting and talking to people
  • Information – Good for school work, finding out updated information quickly and also having access to the news and maps.
  • Entertainment – Streaming entertainment on websites such as youtube and BBC iplayer and also playing games
  • Safety – Young people told us they have used their phones to help them get out of tricky situations

Although internet has all these fantastic benefits, children and young people are increasingly developing difficulties such as sleep and emotional problems, due to the over use of the technology and the internet. Take a look at this video and see if you can recognise any of the examples…

The young people thought the video showed how important it is to enjoy the moment and not to let technology take over our lives. So what tips did they come up with to help us to do this?

  • Use busy statuses when you are with friends or trying to do something, such as “busy” or “with friends, contact me later” on messenger apps
  • Limit yourself to one piece of technology, at a time, when socialising
  • Designate one person to take photos and to share them with others
  • Use a “phone jar” – give yourself a target of how many times you go on your phone and if you go over, you have to put money in the phone jar
  • Don’t put your whole life on your phone (e.g. calendars, emails, notes)
  • Think about what apps you have on your phone. Don’t have social media apps, as if you don’t have the app then you will probably look at it all the time
  • Be clear to yourself about what you are using your phone or the internet for
  • “Phone Stack” – the game where everyone stacks up their phone, if they are together or go out for a meal, and the first person to look at their phone looses as the stack will fall
  • Plan when you are going to use the internet
  • If you feel like you are using 24/7 try and cut down

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Sharing information safely online

We talked thought about with young people how sharing information online can have an impact on your and others lives now and in the future.

  • Remember that anything you put online is there forever
  • What would be the impact if future jobs saw posts / information that you have shared online at any time in your life?

What tips did the young people think of to share information safely online?

  • Be careful about what you put online
  • Tell friends about the consequences of sharing information online, such as employers seeing posts and photos, etc.
  • Check your privacy settings
  • Don’t post too much personal information about yourself (example: phone number and personal details).
  • Don’t make any “stupid” and “random” comments that don’t benefit you, as these could be interpreted differently by others.
  • Sharing information online could affect future jobs. Even if it is “funny”, think about in the future what people may think if they saw posts.
  • If you have nothing good to say – don’t say it at all.
  • Don’t post when you are upset / overly happy/ angry or in a different mood than usual.

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Cyberbullying

There was lots of debate about what cyberbullying was but the young people learned that definitions of cyberbullying included:

    • Teasing or writing nasty messages to someone online
    • Signing onto someone else’s account and writing messages without them knowing
    • Posting pictures online without someone’s consent
    • Sending rude or scary things online to someone (even if it meant as a “joke”)

What tips did young people come up with for tips to stop cyberbullying?

  • Report it by using online buttons
  • Block the cyberbully
  • Display impact stories such as media stories.
  • Tell the police
  • Keep passwords to yourself/safe
  • Be cautious
  • Hold back on your profile – don’t put up too much personal information etc.
  • Think about how the person may feel if you do it (even if it’s a joke)
  • Be careful who you speak to on online games
  • Tell an adult/parent/friend
  • Don’t reply back as they might harass you even more.
  • Don’t be a bystander – if you see cyberbullying happening then report it.
  • Use online cyber mentors at www.beatbullying.co.uk

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Have a look at these links and videos for more information about internet safety

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Last updated on 29th August 2014