It’s really important to make sure you know how to be safe when you are online. The internet is a great place, but it doesn’t come without a risk if you are not sensible.
Some basic tips:
- never give your real name or other personal details
- never give details of where you live or go to school
- don’t agree to meet with someone you met online without a parent or guardian and don’t meet them alone
Protect your online reputation
Uuse the services provided to manage your digital footprints and ‘think before you post.’ Content posted online can last forever and could be shared publicly by anyone.
Know where to find help
Understand how to report to service providers and use blocking and deleting tools. If something happens that upsets you online, it’s never too late to tell someone.
Don’t give in to pressure
If you lose your inhibitions you've lost control. Once you’ve pressed send you can’t take it back.
Respect the law
Use reliable services and know how to legally access the music, film and TV you want.
Acknowledge your sources
Use trustworthy content and remember to give credit when using others’ work/ideas.
E-Saftey in Bracknell Forest
Bracknell Forest has an e-safety group which is all about trying to make sure that young people are safe when using the internet or their mobile. We work really hard to share important news and messages to help fix things when they sometimes go wrong - for example if you are being cyberbullied.
We are always running projects in our schools on subjects such as sexting or pornography to help you think about the risks. For example, in we did a Sexting Project with all Year 9s in 2013.
Look at the links on the this page for further help, as they have some really useful advice but remember if you want to talk to someone about something that’s worried or upset you online, speak to an adult you trust or call Childline on 0800 1111. If you think a crime has taken place, call Police on 101 or 999 if it’s an emergency.