With remote learning, young people are on the internet more than ever. The internet is a great place to learn, play games and connect with friends however it is important to understand how to stay safe online. As it is #SaferInternetDay we thought we would share a number of tips to help stay safe online.
Be careful what you post
Once something goes on the internet it stays there forever. Even if you delete a post there is always a possibility that someone has screenshot or shared the post already. Do not post anything you wouldn’t want your parents, teacher or a future employer to see.
Don’t share personal details
-It’s important to keep your address, phone number, full name, school and date of birth private. You should also check your privacy settings to see what information is kept private and what information is shared with the public.
Think about who you speak to
-Remember that when you speak to someone online you only see what they want you to. It is easy to be tricked into believing someone online is a person you can trust and share your personal details with them. Even if you can trust a person you met online you still should never share any personal information such as your address or where you go to school.
Pick strong passwords
It’s important that you keep your passwords strong and easy to remember. Also never share your login details with anyone online.
Cover your webcam
-When your not in online lessons be sure to cover your webcam. With some viruses, people can access your webcam without you knowing.
Watch out for phishing and scams
Phishing is when a person poses as a legitimate company to lure you into sharing personal data. As well as this you should never click on links from emails or messages that ask you to log in or share your details. If you are asked to go onto a website it is safer to directly search the website instead.