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Posted by StreetSafe on December 15, 2009

As Christmas is coming, lots of young people maybe lucky enough to receive laptops or mobile phones that will give them access to the internet for the first time. The below safety tips are aimed at young people, please share it with them.
INTERNET SAFETY TIPS
* It’s best not to give out your personal details to online mates.
* Personal stuff includes your messenger id, email address, mobile number and any pictures of you, your family or friends.
* If you publish a picture or video online – anyone can change it or share it.
* SPAM/ Junk email & texts: don’t believe it, reply to it or use it.
* It’s not a good idea to open files that are from people you don’t know. You won’t know what they contain – it could be a virus, or worse – an inappropriate image or film.
* I t’s easier to get on with people online and say stuff you wouldn’t offline.
* Some people lie online.
* It’s better to keep online mates online. Don’t meet up with any strangers without an adult you trust. Better to be uncool than unsafe!
* It’s never too late to tell someone if something makes you feel uncomfortable.
*There are people who can help. Report online child abuse, or find more advice and support.

Advice if you think you’re being cyberbullied….
* Save all evidence you have of the bullying. If you have nasty emails or things posted on your profile save them to your machine so you can use it as proof. Save texts or voicemails that say anything horrible.
* Learn how to block the bully on IM or delete them from your contacts.
* Try not to reply or retaliate to things they say or do; it might make the situation worse. If you don’t respond, they are more likely to get bored and move on.
* If you are being bothered via text, contact your service provider. Each network has a special area for this sort of problem. Check out their website or call them for advice or a free number change.
* Tell an adult you trust about the cyberbullying. This could be a parent or carer, a teacher at your school, an aunt or uncle. If you tell someone they can help make it stop. The evidence you have saved can then be passed onto the adult you have told.
* If you feel you can’t talk to someone just yet, call Childline in confidence on 0800 1111.

Check out http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk for more information.

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