Young people need to stay safe online
Perpetual Fostering’s youth ambassador Emily offers advice to help other young people stay safe online
It’s very important to make sure that you stay safe whilst you’re online. The internet is an amazing resource which you can use for homework and learning, entertainment or staying in touch with friends, but you have to be careful about what you do and who you speak to when you’re surfing the web.
It is vital that you don’t give away personal information on the internet even if the website appears to be completely genuine. Never post personal information such as your phone number, address or date of birth because you never know who will be able to access this information and what they could do with it.
Social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are very popular and it is true that they can be a fun way to stay in touch with your friends and family. However, there are a few things you should remember when you’re on these sites:
- Anyone can create fake identities on these sites and contact you
- Once you have posted information online, thousands of people can see it
- Some people may use your information in a malicious way
E-mail is a quick and easy way to send or receive information. Whilst e-mailing can be quite helpful, you must be careful if you receive an email from someone you don’t know. If this happens, never open the email and always make sure that you delete it straight away. The email could contain spam, a virus or explicit content.
So, always remember that even though the internet can be fun and entertaining, you must be very careful so that you can enjoy being online without getting into any trouble.