Keeping safe on the internet

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The internet is now central to many people’s lives. Social networks, online banking, shopping and browsing are all second nature to many people. Yet vulnerable people are often at risk of abuse when they are online.

How to stay safe on the web.

  • If someone approaches you on the internet and you do not know them ask a friend or relative to check if you can trust them;
  • Do not give out your phone number or home address – always be cautious about sharing personal information;
  • Take care when sharing pictures. Always make sure people you do not know personally can be trusted;
  • Never share your bank details with anyone;
  • If you are unsure about purchasing goods off the internet, ask a friend or relative for help;
  • Never share your password and change it every so often.

Cyber bullying

Cyber or internet bullying is a growing problem, and a real concern for young or vulnerable people. If you are the victim of internet bullying you should tell someone immediately. You can also bring it to the attention of the website you are using by sending an email, or by phoning them. You should keep any messages you have received which is evidence of the bullying, and avoid speaking to the perpetrator online and/or in person.

If you have autism or a learning disability and are the victim of bullying you can contact the charity Dimensions. Advisors at Dimensions can tell you what to do next.

Visit the Dimensions website

Get Safe Online

Get Safe Online is an initiative run by the Government and a number of partner organisations, which provide free and independent advice about using the internet in a safe way.

Visit the Get Safe website