- Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.
- Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous, so it’s not a good idea. Only do so with your parents’ or carer’s permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
- Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
- Someone online might lie about who they are. If you are chatting online it’s best to only chat to your real world friends and family. Information on the internet may not be true. Always check information with other websites, books or someone who knows.