Online Safety Tips

The Internet is an amazing place. You can instantly share pictures of your cat, play games with friends from the other side of the world and get access to almost a billion hours of videos on YouTube. With all this at the click of a couple of buttons, it’s sometimes easy to forget about keeping safe.

To help you out we’ve compiled a short list of Online Safety tips to keep you safe when using computers.

  • DON’T SCAN QR CODES - by scanning QR codes that you don’t trust, you could be directed to a malicious website.
  • Use a different password for each account (or use a password manager).
  • Only accept follow requests on social media from people you know directly (not just to get lots of followers).
  • Check that you are visiting a website with https (or a green padlock), this is more secure for typing sensitive information such as passwords.
  • Use cloud storage (e.g Google Drive, Dropbox, etc…) instead of USB drives.
  • Keep your account details private and control your privacy settings.
  • Always remember to log off when finished (especially on computers and other devices that other people are using)
  • Don’t share sensitive information online. Make sure your address, school, phone number, etc… are not shown on your account.
  • If you receive any suspicious or distressing content online, block the account, report it and talk to an adult (parents or a teacher at school).
  • Make sure your antivirus/anti-malware software is up to date.