We all use the Internet regularly on all sorts of different devices. The Internet is a great place to find things out, stay in touch with friends, play games , listen to music, watch videos and find other people who are interested in the same things as us. This is what makes it brilliant. It also makes it dangerous  Here are 5 things to help keep you safe.

2) People lie online

You could have been chatting to someone for ages and think you know them, but ask yourself what can you actually prove about them? What is their name? You only know what they have told you. There is no way of knowing if someone is telling the truth

There are some people who use the Internet to chat to young people because they want to hurt them or make them to do things they don’t want to.

Easiest way to avoid this is don’t talk to people you don’t know off line.

1) Don’t give out your personal information to anyone you don’t know in real life.

That is your real name, age, address, school etc. Anything that can be used to track you down in real life.  

3) Don’t meet up with people you only know online. You don’t really know who they are

4) Don’t click on online competitions / banners / OMG links For example you are the 1000’s visitor, you have won a car. These are never genuine, and will usually be meant to gather your information.

5) Keep your computer, tablet and phone safe.

All these devices can suffer from viruses, malware and hacking. This lets criminals access and damage your files, your social media, and any online shopping or banking accounts.

To protect yourself, use antivirus software, check the website address, don’t click on banners, and use strong passwords that you keep private. Find out more on these here

 There is more on esafety and keeping your computer safe in this Yr7 unit, cyberbullying in this yr 8 unit, and sharing images of yourself, and others (and how this is illegal) in this yr 8 mini unit. There is also a lot more regarding Copyright laws, Computer Misuse and Ethical use of IT in this Yr 11 material