30 October 2011

background information - internet


Here I have looked on the BBC website to find out more on what online safety is and how to protect your children online. The site links in with other websites that may be useful with other information on keeping children and young people safe online. Which I have done on my other posts. If you're a child or a young person it's especially important to be safe when using the internet. To find out why and for more information about being safe online read below and then follow the links.

The secondary 3rd information on website quizzes within CBBC website on internet safety to interact with children to keeping safe online, the five ways to stay safe online, with other resources linking into other websites on safety for children on the internet.

The five ways to stay safe online

1. Never reveal personal details about you to other people online.

2. If you do ever meet someone in person from the internet whether it’s on a dating site or on face book always take a responsible adult with you NEVER go on your own because you never know what could happen and always meet up in a public, busy environment place.

3. Take in consideration of what the people are saying on these social networking sites listen to the advice given as there trying to help you keep safe online.

4. Don't open emails or sites that you don't know because they may be harmful with viruses if you do open them.

5. Make sure your children learn and understand CBBC's safe surfing guide.


I have played some quizzes on the CBBC website, where it has this rabbit who was talking to someone online and Dongle thought it was a rabbit but it wasn't it was a crocodile being someone who he’s not. Then the crocodile said to Dongle what is your name and where do you live??

Dongle wrote back I'm not telling you that, and then the crocodile got annoyed as he wouldn't tell him where he lived then he started saying something that upset Dongle. So Dongle went to get his uncle to look at what the crocodile had said .Dongle's uncle said don't meet up with him but he wanted to. So always take an adult if you are going to meet someone offline. Dongle was really shocked when he actually met this person who he was talking to as it wasn’t who he said he was he was a crocodile. Then his uncle was right behind him and he scared him off so he won’t be back again.

I also played on some quizzes on online safety on the news round website just generally asking questions what do you do if someone sends you an email that you don't know, that should you take an adult with you when meeting someone online, should you give out your real name to someone and it was general simple questions of what not to do really.

S - Keep Safe

Don't give out your personal information.

Keep your full name, address, mobile number, email address, school name and friends' full names secret. Otherwise people can use this information to contact you.

Your passwords and nicknames should be secret. If you have to give an online screen name or nickname, never use your real name, and try not to use things that are easy to guess like your parents name or a pet's name.

M - Don't meet up with someone you don't know

Never meet up with an online friend especially when you don't them.

Never arrange to meet an online friend; no matter how well you think you know the other person or however curious you may be.

If you do want to meet his person in person always take a responsible adult with you

The same rule applies to friends you meet over your mobile.

Accepting emails from someone you don’t / delete them

Don't open junk mail.

If they have your email address some websites will send you lots of junk emails trying to sell you things, or messages that make you feel uncomfortable. This is called spamming.

Delete any emails from people or companies that you don’t know. If you open an email that says rude or unpleasant things, you must tell a trusted adult straightaway - and don’t reply to it.

Accepting text messages, or opening links / files on your mobile from people you don't know, can get you into trouble. They may contain nasty pictures or messages, cost you a lot of money, or even change the settings on your phone.

R - Reliable

Beware: people might not be who they say they are.

Chats and message boards are fun, but they can also be dangerous because you don’t know who you’re talking to. Remember stranger danger - you should use the same rules when you’re online.

If you’re determined to meet an online friend you should always tell a parent or teacher and make sure they go with you.

Someone sending you a message on your mobile may not be who they say they are. Information you get in a message, or find while using services on your mobile, might not be reliable.

T - Tell someone

Always tell an adult if you feel uncomfortable or worried about something or someone.

Don’t forget you can always log-off and leave the website.

The same rule applies if you are upset or worried by anything when using your mobile.

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