Keeping Safe Online

Working in Partnership with Greater Manchester Police, Stockport Council and Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue the following tips have been compiled to educate young people and parents on how to stay safe whilst online.

  • Be very careful about the amount and level of personal information you reveal, and to whom
  • Pick a user name that does not include any personal information. For example ‘rachel_manchester’ or ‘darron-glasgow’ would be bad choices
  • Be very wary of accepting friends who you do not know personally
  • Choose strong passwords, use and protect them carefully
  • Ensure you have effective and updated antivirus / antispyware software and firewall running before you go online
  • Always be vigilant when receiving or responding to emails
  • Do not click on links or open attachments unless you are absolutely certain they are from an authentic source
  • Learn how to use the privacy settings to restrict strangers’ access to your profile. Many social networking sites have a ‘block’ function to stop unwanted contact from another user
  • Do not hesitate to block people you do not want to chat to
  • Take care if meeting in person someone you have only been in touch with online.
  • Tell a family member or friend and consider taking them with you – at least on the first visit
  • Do not let peer pressure or what other people are doing on these sites convince you to do something you are not comfortable with
  • Do not get naked on webcam. No matter how far things have gone; there will always be people out there to help you. If you’re too embarrassed or scared to tell an adult you trust, you should report to Child
  • Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) or call ChildLine on 0800 1111. They will understand what you are going through and help make it stop. Remember it’s not your fault.
    If you think your friend is at risk or you are a victim of any form of online harassment or grooming you need to seek help immediately. Aside from contacting the social networking site, serious cases should be reported to the local Police or Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)
  • Learn how to keep/save a copy of a conversation – this may be useful if you want to report something

For further information, visit the Get Safe Online website.