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Stay safe online

With more social media sites and easy access to the internet, it's important that everyone knows how to stay safe online.

The following websites contain lots of information, advice and guidance for children, young people and parents on how to use the internet safely.

Tips to stay safe online

Think before you post - when posting or commenting on the internet, consider what you say and what effect this may have. Never post comments that are abusive or may cause offence to others.

Keep personal information personal - do not say anything or publish pictures that might later cause you or someone else embarrassment. Be aware of what friends post about you, or reply to your posts, particularly about your personal details and activities.

Make the most of privacy settings - and keep your profiles closed, allowing access only to your chosen friends and family.

Report cyberbullying to internet service providers - lots of content on social media that is offensive or upsetting, is not necessarily a criminal offence. Cyberbullying often violates the terms of and conditions established by social media sites and internet service providers. Report cyberbullying to the social media site so they can take action against users abusing the terms of service. Social media help sections can show you to block users and change settings to control who can contact you.

Get support from social media sites

You can get advice and support on using the following social media sites including the ability to report content to them.

Website: Facebook help (opens in a new window)

Website: Twitter (opens in a new window)

Website: Instagram (opens in a new window)

Website: LinkedIn help (opens in a new window)

Website: Google+ (opens in a new window)

Website: YouTube (opens in a new window)

Website: Pinterest (opens in a new window)

Website: Tumblr (opens in a new window)

Website: Snapchat (opens in a new window)

If you believe that you are the victim of an offence, always keep a record of the content, by taking a screenshot, for example.

Helping your children to stay safe online

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) (opens in a new window) are a leading children's charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK. They have teamed up with o2 (opens in a new window) a leading internet provider to help parents to set up controls so you can limit the sites your children can access.

There is also lots of information available on how to talk to your children about online safety, knowing about the dangers of posting pictures online and what to do if they are concerned about something or someone they have seen on the internet.

There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers.

Useful links

Website: Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for parents and carers to keep children safe online from GOV.UK (opens in a new window)

Website: Cyber Aware (opens in a new window)

Website: Get Safe Online (opens in a new window)

Website: Has something happened online that has made you feel worried or unsafe? (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre website, opens in a new window)

Website: (opens in a new window)

Website: Online fraud and cyber crime (West Mercia Police website, opens in a new window)

Website: Parental Controls (NSPCC website, opens in a new window)

Website: What You Need to Know - useful video guides for using internet safely (opens in a new window)

Website: Thinkyouknow advice from the National Crime Agency (opens in a new window)

Website: Parent info support for parents and carers to keep children safe online (opens in a new window)

Website: LGfL support for parents and carers (opens in a new window)