Happy Internet Safety Day! Today is about learning how to stay safe and well on the internet. The internet is an incredible place that can be a fun and helpful place, but it's important to know how to stay safe while using it. From keeping our private information to ourselves to being careful about what we post online, there are 10 super important tips to keep in mind. Let's get started!
Following our 10 tips is a bit like wearing a superhero shield on the internet! They'll help keep you safe and protected while you are online. By being mindful of what you share and who you share it with, you should avoid issues and have a fun and safe time on the internet.
So, remember these tips and use them every time you log on. You've got this!
1. Keep your private stuff private: Don't share personal information like your full name, address, phone number, birthday, or school on the internet.
2. Use hard passwords: hard passwords are made up of letters, numbers, and symbols. Don't use pet names, important dates, or anything people might easily guess. Make sure to use a different password for each of your online accounts.
3. Don't give out your passwords: Your passwords keep your online stuff safe. Don't share them with anyone, not even online friends.
4. Tell a grown-up if something feels wrong: If you come across something or someone online that makes you feel uncomfortable or seems weird, let a grown-up you trust know about it. Do not believe that everyone is who they say they are on the internet, even if they have a profile picture.
5. Be careful what you post: Everything you post online can be seen by lots of people, and don't forget people can screenshot and move information onto different platforms. Make sure you're okay with everyone seeing it before you hit the "post" button.
6. Watch out for links: Don't click on links from people or websites you don't know. Some links can be harmful and cause problems on your phones, tablets and computers.
7. Be nice online: It's easy for people to misunderstand you when all they can see are words. Make sure you're using kind words and being respectful to others, so there can be no misunderstanding. Always think, "Would I say that if I was standing in front of them and a grown-up?"
8. Don't spend all your time on the internet: Spending too much time on the internet can be bad for your health and your mental health. Make sure to take breaks and do other fun things too!
9. Check the facts: Don't believe everything you see online! Before you share information on social media, make sure it's true, you would not like people to spread untrue information about you.
10. Ask for help: Don't be afraid to ask a grown-up you trust for help if you need help or have questions about something online. They'll be happy to support you and keep you safe.