The Internet opens up a wonderful world of entertainment, opportunity and knowledge. To help you enjoy the internet safely, you should follow the “Click Clever, Click Safe” campaign launched in 2008. It’s been designed to act as an everyday reminder of simple good behaviours, to help you avoid common risks online. It follows three simple guidelines; Zip It, Block It, Flag It.

Zip it

When you’re online, always keep your personal stuff private and think about what you say and do.
Remember that people online may not be who they say they are. Online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.

Don’t share personal information online. This includes:

  • your full name
  • Date of Birth
  • photos
  • addresses
  • school information
  • telephone numbers
  • places you like to spend time

Make sure you have set your privacy settings to restrict access to personal information.
When you use chat rooms or instant messenger, use a nickname instead of your real name.
To stop people accessing your online accounts, always keep your passwords secret and change them regularly.

Block it

Think about blocking people who send you nasty messages and don’t open unknown links and attachments.
Always delete emails from people you don’t know, and don’t open attachments from people you don’t know. They might be nasty or contain a virus that can stop your computer working.
If someone is mean or sends nasty messages online, block them.

Flag it

If you see anything that upsets you online or if someone asks to meet you, flag it up with someone you trust.
If you are worried or unhappy about anything you see online, tell a parent or an adult you trust and they can help you. If you want to talk to someone else, you can call Childline on 0800 1111
If a friend you have made online asks to meet you in the offline world, talk to your parents or a trusted adult about it. You should never meet up with someone you have met online without an adult going with you because it is dangerous.
If someone you know is being nasty to someone online, speak to a parent or trusted adult about it.

What can you do if you are worried about something and school is closed (school holidays, weekends, after school)?

The Think-U-Know website has lots of information on what you can do if you are concerned about something you have seen or experienced, either on-line or in real life.
The website lets you know what is good, what is not and what you can do about it. It also lets you report something you are worried about on-line.
There is also information about Childline a free service that lets you talk to someone confidentially if something is worrying you.


Bullying can happen to anyone at any age. Being bullied at school, home or online might involve someone pushing you, hitting you, teasing you, talking about you or calling you names. Nobody has the right to hurt you or make you feel bad. If you are being bullied you don't have to deal with it alone - you can talk to someone about it can often really help.

Bullying can mean many different things and young people have described bullying as:

  • being called names
  • being put down or humiliated
  • being teased
  • being pushed or pulled about
  • having money and other possessions taken or messed about with
  • having rumours spread about you
  • being ignored and left out
  • being hit, kicked or physically hurt
  • being threatened or intimidated

These things can happen at school or at home, but they can also happen online or on social networks.
Bullying can also be part of other forms of abuse, including neglect, emotional, physical and sexual abuse.

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