Using the Internet

The Internet is an amazing place. When online, we can learn new things, get help with homework, express ourselves creatively, and connect with friends and family.

We might spend a lot of time online – it can be a great way for us to socialise, explore and have fun. We might go online to connect with friends, or to make new ones. Or to browse the internet for information, or to chat with others and play games.

However, it is also important to remember that by going online, we also face risks.

Online abuse

Online abuse is the name given to any type of abuse that happens on the web, whether through social networks, playing online games or using mobile phones.

Online abuse includes risks such as:

  • cyberbullying
  • grooming
  • sexual abuse
  • sexual exploitation
  • emotional abuse

You can be at risk of online abuse from people you know, as well as from strangers. And it can feel like there is no escape from the abuse because abusers can contact you at any time of the day or night.


Personal information

You need to be just as protective of your personal information online, as you are in the real world. Watch the video below, it gives advice on where to go and what to do if you are worried about any of the issues covered.



Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.


Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.


Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, images or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!


Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information by looking at other websites, in books, or with someone who knows. If you like chatting online it’s best to only chat to your real world friends and family.


Tell a parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone, or something, makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.

Follow these hyperlinks to learn more:-

  1. BBC Bitesize
  3. Kidsmart
  4. Childnet

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