Children and young people like you make friends quickly and enjoy the possibilities new friends offer. On the Internet this is no different. However, you may need support in deciding who your real friends are, knowing what information you should and should not share and when to tell a trusted adult.
With the range of technologies available there are now more and more ways that you can access the Internet to learn, keep in touch with friends and have fun.
Phones help children to keep in contact and stay safe when they are out and about. However they also enable communication at all times, often positive but sometimes negative. Research also shows that children are increasingly using their phones (and games consoles) to access the internet. To find out more about using mobile phones safely – particularly all the exciting apps – please visit KidSMART website. See our separate page on Sex and Selfies and find out how to make a report if inappropriate images of yourself or a friend are shared on-line.
The Internet is a lot of fun but it can also be dangerous if you are using it for the first time. Children should only use the internet with a parent or a trusted adult around. If it becomes unsafe you should be taught how to click the back button and if necessary how to get out.
There are many different social networking sites online where you can share information, photos and videos with your school friends and family. But it is important that you think about the information you put up online as it can be seen by anyone, anywhere in the world. You can find out more about staying in control on the internet by visiting the Think U Know website. We have developed a Social Media App guide for parents and carers so they can understand what it’s all about!
You can find links to other useful documents and websites below.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children ages.
- CEOP Safety Centre
This is a place where you can report abuse on the Internet or any inappropriate or potentially illegal activity with or towards a child online.
Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working with others to “help make the Internet a great and safe place for children”
- The Cybersmile Foundation
Cyberbullying charity providing advice and support to anyone being affected by cyberbullying issues.
- Family Services Directory
The Family Services Directory aims to provide information on all services in Redbridge for children, young people, families and practitioners.
- Think U Know
The CEOP Centre’s online safety centre, where you will find advice and tips for children, adults and professionals of all ages.
- Channel 4 drama – Cyberbully – over 15s only