Protect yourself on the Internet: remember the GOLDen rules.
- Keep information private – think, would I tell this to a stranger?
- Agree rules about meeting online ‘friends’ in real life
- If it’s not acceptable in real life it shouldn’t be acceptable online
- Use anti-virus and monitoring systems
- Know where to get advice – see below
- Activate security and privacy settings
- Internet access should be in a family room, rather than a bedroom
- Know that Internet access can be gained by the use of other devices; such as gaming consoles, mobile phones or the neighbour’s wireless internet connection
- Talk to your parents about your internet use
- Talk to your parents if you have a problem or feel uncomfortable
In order to keep children safe online we would all parents and carers to set age-appropriate parental controls on digital devices and use internet filters to block malicious websites. These are usually free, but often need to be turned on.
Please consider also consider using these resources to keep your children safe online:
- Thinkuknow provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) on staying safe online
- Parent info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
- Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
- Internet matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world
- Net-aware has support for parents and carers from the NSPCC, including a guide to social networks, apps and games
- Let’s Talk About It has advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
- UK Safer Internet Centre has tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online service
Keeping Safe is Simple on Social Networking Sites
- Always keep your profile private
- Never accept friends you don’t know in the real world
- Never post anything which could reveal your identity
- Never agree to meet somebody you only know online without telling a trusted adult
- Always tell someone if you feel threatened or someone makes improper suggestions
All young users of Facebook – and their parents – are invited to add the ClickCEOP ‘app’ to their profile. Through this app, they will be able to access advice, help and support from the CEOP Centre. Crucially, young people will be able to report instances of suspected grooming or inappropriate sexual behaviour directly from their profile to specially trained investigators.
The ‘app’ is the outcome of collaboration between CEOP and Facebook who have combined Facebook’s expertise in connecting and communicating online with CEOP’s expertise in helping young people stay safe.
Once added to their profiles, young users will receive regular messages from CEOP and its partner organisations who operate ‘behind the button’ to make children safer. CEOP’s Facebook pagewill also contain polls, news alerts and status updates. The page will look at topics that teenagers care about, such as celebrities, music and exams and will link these subjects to questions about online safety.
Users can either add or bookmark the ‘app’ so it appears on their profile. To install the 'app' sign in to Facebook, then click the 'ClickCEOP' button on the ClickCEOP page.